Accessibility plan focuses on transportation

KITCHENER: Waterloo Regional Council has published its 2012 Accessibility Plan, a document which outlines projects and initiatives which will improve our community for our neighbours with disabilities. The plan summarizes the activities undertaken by the Region in 2011, and offers descriptions of new undertakings scheduled for 2012.

The plan addresses the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the strides that the Region is taking not to meet but to exceed compliance with this important legislation.

Regional Chair Ken Seiling highlights the accessibility achievements of 2011, including updates to TTY technology at Regional offices, redesigning the Region’s website to comply with accessibility standards, educating the public on the accommodation of service animals, and training the Waterloo Regional Police on Accessible Customer Service.

Looking toward 2012, Seiling mentions upcoming improvements to public transportation, emergency planning, and the provision of information in accessible formats. The full plan is available at: http://goo.gl/jzh30

The Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region (ILCWR) is proud to have had a role in helping staff at the Region to establish our community as a provincial leader in accessibility. By providing our Beyond Barriers training both to Region staff and members of Waterloo Regional Police Services, our agency is thrilled to see that the importance which the Region has been placing upon accessibility for people with disabilities is truly taking form.

ILCWR offers affordable, informative and custom-tailored training to help you meet your obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Contact AODA@ilcwr.org or call (519) 571-6788 for more information.

Source: http://www.exchangemagazine.com

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