Today, Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility launched a new cross-government accessibility framework called ‘Advancing Accessibility in Ontario’ that will help make a positive difference in the daily lives of people with disabilities
- When a society is inclusive and barrier-free, people can fully participate in their communities.
- Making Ontario a province where communities and businesses are accessible for everyone benefits us all.
- There are 2.6 million people in Ontario that have a disability.
- Our government continues to build momentum in creating a barrier-free Ontario.
- A lot of work still needs to be done to make the province accessible for everyone.
- That is why our government has developed a new cross-government accessibility framework that will help make a positive difference in the daily lives of people with disabilities.
- The framework is called Advancing Accessibility in Ontario.
- The new Advancing Accessibility in Ontario framework was informed by the recommendations made by the Honourable David C. Onley in the third legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or AODA, as well as from input from key partners, organizations and people with disabilities.
- We will use Advancing Accessibility in Ontario to help focus the province’s work in four key areas.
- The four areas are:
- breaking down barriers in the built environment,
- government leading by example,
- increasing participation in the economy for people with disabilities and
- improving understanding and awareness about accessibility.