Wed, 28 May 2014
The wide variety of accessible programs and services offered in Oakville was the highlight of the Lifestyle Expo and Art Showcase at Town Hall on May 26, 2014. The event was held to celebrate National Access Awareness Week — a week dedicated to encouraging Canadians to think about the barriers people with disabilities face, and to find ways to help remove them.
“Council is committed to enhancing accessibility across Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The Lifestyle Expo and Art Showcase at Town Hall was a great way for residents to learn more about what we’re doing as a town and as a Council to demonstrate our commitment to accessible programs and services.”
The Lifestyle Expo featured information and interactive displays from:
In addition, bronze medallist Karl Ludwig from Canada’s 2014 Paralympic sledge hockey team attended the expo to talk to visitors about sledge hockey and what a Paralympic athlete has to do to compete at an elite level. The Oakville Accessibility Advisory Committee was also there and Mayor and Members of Council also dropped by.
The Art Showcase, which continues to be on display at Town Hall until May 30, features work by a talented artist Tsochoy Go — a student with autism studying at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre. From war-like aliens and dragons, to landscapes and flower, Go brings life to everything he draws and has said “When I am sketching I feel I am in a solitary place expressing my ideas.”
National Access Awareness Week was established in 1987 following Rick Hanson’s 40,000 km Man in Motion World Tour. “As part of the legacy of the Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation provided strategic leadership to create and implement National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) in partnership with federal and provincial governments across the country. The purpose of the program was to promote better community access for people with disabilities.” — Rick Hansen Foundation.
As part of its commitment to become the most livable town in Canada, the Town of Oakville has a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2012-2017. Created in consultation with Oakville’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, the plan sets out the steps the town will take to implement the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, and includes a detailed list of actions by town departments to demonstrate the town’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services for all.