Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed AccessAbility Day in Ottawa at the opening ceremony to kick off a day of consultations, presentations and discussions. The goal of the 2015 AccessAbility Day was to begin the important period of public input and feedback on the City’s new multi-year (2016-2020) accessibility plan.
“The City of Ottawa is making strides forward with the design of accessible buildings, parks, roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure, as well as with programs and services for residents of all abilities,” said Mayor Watson. “The program and theme of this year’s event, Accessibility for all, gives participants the opportunity to provide valuable input into the development of the City’s new accessibility plan.”
“The City of Ottawa continues to focus on accessibility with the ultimate goal of improving service to residents and visitors,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “The City is looking for input to build on these accomplishments with fresh ideas and creative thinking for our next multi-year plan that will be finalized in 2016.”
The 2015 AccessAbility Day event featured consultations and presentations on the design of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, accessible design standards, and accessibility in City parks, play spaces and rest areas. Discussions and presentations also centred on accessible services and programs, communications and training. The City is looking for creative ways to meet and enhance the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) here in Ottawa.