Feb 10, 2010
The City of Mississaugas seventh Accessibility Plan; 2009 Annual Report and 2010
Initiatives was received today at Council.
Removing barriers to persons with disabilities ensures that all citizens have access
to our services, said Diana Simpson, City accessibility coordinator. Our
staff now have the tools to accommodate and better understand customers with
Simpson explained that the Citys focus for 2010 and beyond will be to develop a
sustainment plan for delivering accessible customer service, to continue to implement
accessible improvements to Mississauga Transit and to monitor the provincial accessibility
According to the report, the 2010 initiatives include:
- continued implementation of an ongoing communication campaign to increase awareness of
accessibility issues and to inform staff and the public about issues related to person with
- continued implementation of accessibility design guidelines;
- development and implementation of accessibility training in relation to the requirements of
each Accessibility Standard;
- ensure that accessibility planning is included in the Citys Strategic Plan and
- continue to review and develop Corporate Policies in relation to the requirements of each
Accessibility Standard, (Accessible Built Environment, Transportation Accessibility, Employment
Accessibility and Accessible Information and Communication);
- monitor Future Directions master plan for Recreation & Parks and Library
Services, and Parks and Natural Areas in reference to accessibility;
- improve accessibility of Mississauga Transit;
- evaluation of Information Technology with respect to improved accessibility.
The 2010 Accessibility Plan was developed with the Accessibility Staff Working Group made up
of staff from all departments, in consultation with the Accessibility Advisory Committee
(AAC). The AAC includes representatives from the disability community and stakeholder
community groups, and two members of Council; Katie Mahoney, councillor Ward 8 and Pat Saito,
councillor Ward 9.
On June 13, 2005 the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
was enacted. The AODA requires the development of accessibility standards with the goal
of leading to an accessible Ontario by 2025.
For copies of the plan please visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/accessibility.
For more information please contact Diana Simpson at 905-615-3608, TTY 905-616-3411 or
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