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Mississauga Promoting Awareness of Invisible Disabilities and Accessibility

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. 

When:
1:30 - 4 p.m., May 31, 2011

Who:
Donna Hardaker, Mental Health Specialist,
Canadian Mental Health Association of York Region

What:
Promoting Inclusion for All - Understanding Invisible Disabilities

Where:
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.

Background

Our Future 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 accessibility.info@mississauga.ca

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.

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Ann Lehman-Allison
Public Affairs Specialist
905-615-3200 Ext. 3940
ann.lehman-allison@mississauga.ca
TTY #905-896-5151






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