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 AODA’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. Visit oakville.ca for details.
WHAT: The Town of Oakville is holding a Lifestyle Expo and Art Showcase to celebrate National Access Awareness Week.
WHEN: Monday, May 26, 2014 4 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Town Hall – South and North Atriums 1225 Trafalgar Road
WHO: The Lifestyle Expo will feature interactive displays and information from:
- Community Living Oakville
- Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
- Special Olympics Ontario: Oakville
- Charterability (pontoon cruises on Sixteen Mile Creek)
- Halton-Peel Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled
- March of Dimes
- Voices 4 Ability – Canada’s first radio station for, about and by people with disabilities
- Town of Oakville
- Oakville Public Library
The Art Showcase, on display from May 26 through May 31, will feature work by a talented artist with autism, Tsochoy Go, who is a student-in-residence at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre.
Members of the Oakville’s Accessibility Advisory Committee will be in attendance.
Mayor and Members of Council will also be dropping by.