JMCC Celebrates National Access Awareness Week May 27-June 2, 2014
Date Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014

As part of the legacy of the Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation provided strategic leadership to create and implement National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) in partnership with federal and provincial governments across the country. The purpose of the program was to promote better community access for people with disabilities. More than 1,000 communities participated in the initiative from 1987 – 1995, providing enhanced awareness of accessibility issues across Canada and inspiring additional investments of more than $10 million in projects to make communities more accessible.  NAAW continues today in many provinces as a permanent part of on-going disability awareness activities.

NAAW in Ontario is marked from May 27 to June 2 and aims to promote better accessibility for the approximately one in seven Ontarians with disabilities. Since June 13, 2005 the Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (AODA) has been in law in the province and is the first legislation of its kind in Canada. With a goal to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities in key areas of everyday life. The Act’s enforceable standards, which are being phased in over 20 years, apply to both private and public sector organizations, and will affect access to goods, services, information, transportation, buildings and employment.

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