June 3, 2022
It’s National AccessAbility Week, and communities across Canada are using the occasion to celebrate the contributions people of different abilities make to our communities, and to shine a spotlight on barriers that prevent spaces, programs, and services from being fully accessible.
The City of Kingston is marking this special week by challenging community members to learn more about accessibility, to participate in a public engagement that will help create a more accessible community, and to report barriers they may experience in a municipal setting.
Don’t think accessibility impacts you? Think again, says Andrew Ashby, Chair of the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee. “One in four Ontarians has a disability. Some people are born with different abilities, and others develop them as they age or through other causes,” says Ashby.
The City of Kingston has published a special episode of Tell Me More: City of Kingston Podcast, which explores how our understanding of accessibility is changing and work that is being done to create spaces where all can feel they belong. Listen to the episode now.
The City of Kingston invites you to read, provide feedback, and ask questions about the Draft 2023-2025 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. The Multi-Year Accessibility Plan is followed by the City of Kingston to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility and is required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Report a barrier
The City is committed to preventing and removing barriers. If you encounter a barrier to accessibility, report it.
While there is still much work to be done in accessibility, Ashby says that during his six years on MAAC, he has seen a perspective shift in Kingston.
“The consensus used to be that the people were the issue. Now, people recognize and accept that the people are not the problem–the facility, program or service that has barriers is the issue. And together, we need to find ways to create spaces where everyone feels they belong,” he says.