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Brock Churches Recognized for Accessibility Improvements

Brock Citizen
By Scott Howard
Posted October 6, 2014
Terry Vestby of St. Andrew’s United Church in Sunderland accepted the award from Brock Township Accessibility Advisory committee member Donna Schirle, Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer, Mayor Terry Clayton and advisory committee member Bart St. Dennis on Friday (Sept. 26) afternoon. Photo by Scott Howard

(BROCK TWP.) A pair of local churches have been recognized for their efforts to improve accessibility.

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.

How Much Should Accommodation at the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) Provide to Those with Low Vision or Blindness?

By Geof Collis
May 31, 2011
This topic was recently brought to my attention by Axel Krueger, a member of a Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), an issue I was quite familiar with during my term on an MAAC.

Perhaps you have seen this as well or actually experienced it at your meeting.

Axel explains the Scenario for me below:

Braille Embosser Unveiled in Orangeville

2010-10-21 / Local News
By LINDSEY PAPP Staff Reporter

Two senior officials of the Ontario Ministry of Community Service’s Accessibility Directorate were in Orangeville Tuesday for the unveiling of the Braille
embosser purchased by the Town.

Alfred Spencer, Director of Outreach and Compliance with the Accessibility Directorate, and Ellen Waxman, the directorate’s Assistant Deputy Minister, were also shown the accessibility initiatives that the Town’s Accessibility Committee has been responsible for in the past few years.

City of St. Catharines Plans for an Inclusive Election Experience

Posted October 1, 2010

An election website that talks to users.

Tables that stand at different heights.

Advance polls located on accessible transit routes and more accessible parking reserved for people with disabilities at polling stations.

These are just some of the changes that have been made this municipal election to make the democratic process even more inclusive.

Software Speaks Volumes to Hearing Impaired

Posted By JOHN VESSOYAN/Tribune Staff
May 5, 2010

JOHN VESSOYAN Staff Photo — Enza Iovio, left, a general support service counsellor with the Canadian Hearing Society, and Russ Findlay, chairman of Welland’s accessibility advisory committee, test the new TextNet software that has been installed at Welland Civic Square.

WELLAND — Accessing information just got easier for Wellanders who have hearing impairments.

The installation of new software called TextNet at Welland Civic Square allows deaf or hard of hearing citizens to communicate with municipal government employees by using their computers instead of struggling to get their message across over the telephone or in person.

City Lets Deaf Community Know It Isn’t Forgotten

April 27, 2010

Belleville’s hard-of-hearing and deaf community is getting better insight into how the municipality works.

New equipment which allows hard-of-hearing residents to listen in during council meetings and the inclusion of a sign language interpreter at some meetings will break down barriers for a large number of residents in Belleville.

There Should Be No Barriers to Voting in Ontario

April 16, 2010

Bill 231, a series of amendments to the Election Act, is now before the legislature, but it is not enough to take into account the full needs of voters
with disabilities.

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.