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City Slow to Accommodate the Disabled

PostedSeptember 27, 2010

Re: “Grand Theatre is still in a fix,” Sept. 23 (see below).

I just read the Whig-Standard’s latest report about how the Grand Theatre will need a third renovation to make the stage accessible. I can’t believe it. Requests to make the stage accessible have been made ever since feedback was first solicited from the disability community prior to the city doing the
first renovation.

New Accessibility Committee Member Has Definite Ideas

Posted By CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland Today.com
July 9, 2010

TED AMSDEN Northumberland Today.comPoorly structured curb cuts are one concern Marty Cunningham, the newest member of CobourgÕs accessibility advisory committee.

COBOURG – The newest member of Cobourg’s accessibility advisory committee, 24-year-old Marty Cunningham, already has a couple of ideas about changes that might be needed on the accessibility front.

Plants Hanging Too Low for Unsighted Residents

June 25, 2010

-Denise Chamberlain is not tall. In fact, she is only 5 feet two inches tall. But the blind woman is certainly tall enough to walk regularly into the hanging
plants that Cobourg parks department employees have hung from banner support poles.

Pair Receive BMAAC Awards

Posted May 26, 2010

NICK GARDINER The Recorder and TimesBrockville Public Library head librarian Margaret Williams, left, and Brockville Concert Band conductor Lance Besharah, right, show the plaques they received at a city council meeting on Tuesday from Brockville Municipal Advisory Committee (BMAAC) member Janet Jones, centre. Williams and Besharah were honoured for their roles in raising accessibility standards at the library and Brockville Arts Centre respectively.

Two elevators installed at the Brockville Arts Centre have provided a lift for the Brockville Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (BMAAC).

The elevators, which provide access to the stage and orchestra pit, were the brainchild of Brockville Concert Band conductor Lance Besharah, who was one of two city residents recognized by the committee on Tuesday.

City Council Chambers equipped to serve people with hearing loss

 Burlington City Council Chambers is now fitted with new assistive listening devices to accommodate people with hearing loss. Small, cordless, battery operated receivers are available during council and standing committee meetings to help people hear the proceedings more clearly.

“Our goal is to ensure Burlington is a place where all people, regardless of their ability, can fully access programs and services offered by our city.
Ensuring that our facilities meet the needs of all citizens is important to sustaining a vibrant society, and enhancing customer service and direct citizen
engagement,” said Mayor Cam Jackson.

Accessibility Being Tackled in Chatham-Kent

Posted By Karen Robinet
Posted February 16, 2010

Members of the Chatham-Kent accessibility advisory committee were congratulated at the Feb. 8 council meeting upon the submission of their 2010-2011 terms of reference.

The committee was created in 2002, and Coun. Marjorie Crew said, “if you look at the list of things they have accomplished and done over the last few years, it’s quite amazing.”