May 31-June 6, 2015 is National Access Awareness Week. This week began to raise awareness about disability, accessibility and inclusion. This year, this week also marks the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Ontario became the first jurisdiction in Canada to legislate a framework and timeline for making Ontario accessible. The goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is to make Ontario fully accessible by 2025.
National Access Awareness Week was established in 1987 following Rick Hanson’s 40,000 km Man in Motion World Tour. “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.”
It is important to realize that accessibility for our province (and the entire world) does not just benefit one single person. The video below is brought to you by Access Ontario. We encourage you to give this inspiring clip a view to give you an answer to the question “Who do we benefit when we make Ontario accessible?”
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