A "BARRIER" means:
Anything that prevents a person with a disability from fully participating in all aspects of society because of his or her disability, including:
- Physical Barriers
Example: no curb cuts at key intersections, or lack of adequate parking, or inaccessible main entrances.
- Architectural Barriers
Example: no elevators in a building of more than one floor.
- Information or Communication Barriers
Example: a publication that is not available in large print, or unavailability of TTY's (text telephones) in most public buildings, or unavailability of Sign Language Interpreters, or insufficient signage.
- Attitudinal Barriers
Example: assuming people with a disability can't perform a certain task when in fact they can.
- Technological Barriers
Example: traffic lights that change too quickly before a person with a disability has time to get through the intersection.
- Barriers Created by Policies or Practices
Example: not offering different ways to complete a test as part of job hiring.
(adapted from the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, the Mississauga Accessibility Advisory Committee Terms of Reference, and "Planning a Barrier Free City of Toronto" 2001)