Today, we observe the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The annual observance of this day began in 1981 during the International Year for Disabled Persons. The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of people with disabilities and the gains that could be derived from integrating them better in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.
One in seven people in Ontario have a disability. In less than two decades, that number is expected to rise as the population ages. In the City of Guelph that represents over 20,000 people.
This year, the United Nations theme is: “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” That means removing barriers to education, employment, transportation, travel and tourism, sports and many other things.
Each year, the Guelph City Council appoints community members to sit on the Guelph Accessibility Advisory Committee (GAAC). The role of the GAAC is to provide vision and direction to staff and Council regarding the removal of barriers that exist within Municipal services, practices and programs.
The City continues to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to its programs, services and facilities. For more details, please visit: http://guelph.ca/living.cfm?subCatID=1037&smocid=1622