Background and Legislation
The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Diabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) were passed by Ontario Legislature with the goal of creating Standards to improve accessibility across the Province with a goal to have a fully accessible Ontario by 2025.
Approximately 20% of people in Ontario have some type of disability. In the Township of King, that translates to an estimated 3,100 residents that have some type of disability.
The Township of King is committed to providing quality goods and services which are accessible to all persons we serve. We have taken many initiatives to foster an inclusive commnity by indentifying and removing barriers to ensure that our goods and services are provided in a way that respects the dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for all people.
Information you can access within this site includes a variety of Municipal initiatives to foster an inlcusive community by identifying and removing barriers faced by persons with disabilities.
Disability impacts the lives of many - young and old. The numbers of people with disabilities is increasing with the aging population. It is predicted that by the year 2020, 20% of the population will be living with a disability.
Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)
Pursuant to Porvincial legislation, the Ontarioans with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), the Township has appointed an Accessibilitiy Advisory Committee (AAC) which has been working very hard at breaking down barriers towards an all-inclusive municipality. The members are volunteers appointed for the term of Council.
Additional information about the Accessibility Advisory Committee, is available under the AAC subpage within this website, including member information.
The Accessibility Advisory Committee has created the following information intended to assist you in making your environment accessible:
Pursuant to Provincial legislation, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), the Township has appointed an Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) which has been working very hard at breaking down barriers towards an all-inclusive municipality.
View the Township's Accessibility Plans
The Province is presently developing mandatory accessibility standards which will apply to private and public sector organizations across Onatrio in 5 key areas:
- Accessible Customer Service
- View the Township's Customer Service Standards Policy
- View the Township's Customer Service Standards Procedures
- Accessible Information and Communications
- Accessible Built Environment
- Employment Accessibility
- Accessible Transportation
The Accessible Customer Service is the first standard to become a regulation and came into effect on January 1, 2010. The Accessibility Advisory Committee ("AAC") has assisted the Township in complying with the ACS Regulation and will continue to work towards compliance with the remaining standards as they come forward.
|Is Your Business Accessible to All Residents?
are ramps available as an alternate to steps and heavy doors?
are hard flooring surfaces used as opposed to rugs and area rugs?
are public areas free of physical obstacles?
are washrooms sufficiently large?; big wheelchairs need two square metres to turn around
is signage mounted no lower than one metre from the floor and no higher than 150 cm (5 feet)?
are there accessible water fountains, telephones, computer terminals, etc.?
is documentation available in alternate formats such as large prints, Braille, diskettes?
are there at least two ways to move from floor to floor? (ramps/elevators)
Did you know... The Accessible Channel (TACtv) is now on the air. The Accessible Channel is a national descriptive, closed-captioned HD digital TV specialty service for the vision impaired and persons who are hard of hearing. More than 700 films, countless television programs and entertainment are accessible to all cable subscribers on The Accessible Channel. The TACtv Broadcast Schedule for The Accessible Channel.
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