Community News

Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee Presents Annual Report to County Council

On December 7, in accordance with the Essex County Accessibility Plan, the Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee (ECAAC) provided its annual report to County Council on the status of initiatives that were identified in the Accessibility Plan, as well as an update on the Committee’s activities for the current year.

The following are the Initiatives and Activities of ECAAC During 2011:

  • New ECAAC was appointed in January 2011 for a four year term

City is Not Accessible to Everyone

Updated Dec 2, 2011

Since 1992, the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities is held on Dec. 3. It aims to increase the understanding of the issues around disabilities and bring attention to the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

It also aims to increase the awareness of the gains for everybody if disabled persons are integrated into all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life and raising money for resources for persons with disabilities.

International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

The United Nations has declared December 3rd, 2011 to be International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  This year’s theme is “Together for a better world for all:  Including persons with disabilities in development”. Communities around the world are being encouraged to promote the need for inclusion for persons with disabilities through various activities. 

The Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee is planning a Wheelchair Basketball Game in recognition of International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Accessibility Workshop Information Now Available

information from the essex county accessibility advisory committee’s 9th annual workshop, opening doors and minds, is now available online here at

New Program Will Give a “Thumbs Up”

June 24, 2011

The Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee (KLAAC) has launched a new Access and Awareness Program that will give a “Thumbs Up” to companies that strive for accessibility. The Accessibility Committee would like to encourage all companies in the City of Kawartha Lakes that offer goods and services to the public to participate.

Three More Committee Members Resign

Updated February 4, 2011

As the mayor looked on, three more members of the city’s municipal accessibility advisory committee resigned Thursday in dramatic fashion.

They were protesting city council’s failure to reappoint the former chairman, Glenn Outhwaite.

The resignations of Bill Brown, Bill Hendry and Al Mezzetta left the committee with barely enough members to appoint its various working groups and project teams.

Show of Support

January 21, 2011

A member of Kingston’s accessibility committee has resigned after an attempt to reinstate former chairman Glenn Outhwaite failed at city council.

Dava Gamble said she was “disgusted” by how Tuesday’s council proceedings unfolded as she watched them on TV.

“(Mayor Mark) Gerretsen and (Councillor Brian) Reitzel both voted no,” she said.

Community Input Wanted to Help Make Sault Barrier Free

By Elaine Della-Mattia
Posted January 19, 2011
The Sault Star

Sault Ste. Marie’s accessibility advisory committee is looking for area residents to help them make the city more barrier free.

It wants people to share their experiences involving barriers and offer possible solutions to improve accessibility at city run facilities.

It’s the first time the committee has sought the public’s help and suggestions, said Lynn Rosso, the city’s policy manager/accessibility plan co-ordinator.

Council Refuses to Add Position

“Two weeks ago, Outhwaite, a longtime advocate for Kingston’s disabled, had his re-application for the disability committee rejected by a panel of city councillors.

Councillors Bill Glover and Rob Hutchison told the Whig-Standard that they thought Outhwaite was turned down because he had complained publicly about being muzzled by city administrators.”

Listen to a radio interview at

Accessible pedestrian signals: Reasonable or Ridiculous?

Monday, January 17, 2011
Posted by Gina Barber at 2:15 PM

Last week the London Free Press published an article about the City’s commitment to making the streets safer for people with visual impairments. The story headline read $12M for city crossings overhaul,
and the subheading CROSSWALK: Nearly 400 city crossings are each getting a $32,000 overhaul.