Accessibility Committee Recommends Upgrades

November 27, 2010

CORNWALL– An accessibility advocacy group has cited in an annual report a number of detriments for disabled people at city-operated facilities.

“Past (accessibility) committees didn’t do building audits, but our committee has been pro-active with (on-site inspections),” said Ben Caron, the outgoing
chair of the accessibility advisory committee.

At the aquatic centre, the committee suggested that change rooms be enlarged to accommodate patrons in wheelchairs and that a third aquatic/shower wheelchair
be added.

The committee noted that $3,000 has been donated for the wheelchair by the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall.

There were also several physical barriers identified: height of lockers and counter in change rooms, washroom and change room sizes, the push buttons for: the pool area to lobby, change rooms to pool areas, and door to accessible washroom in reception area; signage for elevator.

Other barriers were noted at the Cornwall Civic Complex (11), public library (7), the Justice Building (12).

While most of these problems can only be addressed by spending money, Caron said the intention of identifying the detriments was not to force council to
spend more money that it could afford.

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