May 26, 2011
The City of Mississauga is promoting awareness about invisible
disabilities, as well as the accessibility requirements built into all of its new facilities, for National Access
Awareness Week from May 30 to June 4, 2011.
"Improving awareness in City staff, and building accessibility into City facilities is
an important part of making sure everyone in Mississauga feels they belong," said Diana
Simpson, City accessibility coordinator.
1:30 - 4 p.m., May 31, 2011
Hardaker, Mental Health Specialist,
Canadian Mental Health Association of York Region
Promoting Inclusion for All - Understanding Invisible Disabilities
Mississauga Valley Community Centre, L.C. Taylor Auditorium,
1275 Mississauga Valley Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Donna Hardaker will discuss invisible disabilities, particularly mental illnesses which are
often misunderstood. Following Ms. Hardaker's session, the City will present awards to
five staff members for exceptional accessible customer service.
In addition, the City is highlighting the accessibility of the new libraries, pools and
community centres opening over the next few months in Mississauga. All new City
facilities have had accessibility built into planning and design from the start.
Mississauga, the City's Strategic Plan, supports the initiatives that are building a more
accessible and inclusive Mississauga. More than 146,000 people in Mississauga could
have disabilities, according to estimates that take into account the increasing potential for
disabilities in an aging population.
These initiatives also support the continuing development of accessibility standards as
required by the Accessibility
for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The AODA requires the
development of these standards with the goal of leading to an accessible Ontario by 2025.
For more information about the City's new and renovated libraries, pools and community
facilities, please visit www.mississauga.ca/buildingourfuture.
For more information about the City's plan to improve accessibility please visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/accessibility
or contact Diana Simpson at 905-615-3608, TTY 905-616-3411 or
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000
businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional
head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of
Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for
Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering
value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.
Public Affairs Specialist
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