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Accessibility Standards and the Design of Public Spaces

Wheelchair ramp to office building

The province of Ontario has a set of standards regarding accessibility laws. This set of standards, as some of you may know, is referred to as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or AODA. One of the standards that AODA covers is the design of public spaces. For many reasons, it’s extremely important that public spaces be designed and built with accessibility in mind. People with and without disabilities should always have the same access to public spaces, amenities, and travel routes.

Let’s take a closer look at this AODA standard and just why it’s so important for the future of Ontario and everyone in it.

Why Accessibility is Good for the Future of Ontario

Toronto sign at Nathan Philip Square

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a landmark piece of legislation, designed to create a more accessible, inclusive Ontario for those with disabilities. The goal of the AODA is to have a fully-accessible, barrier-free Ontario by the year 2025.

At The Accessibility Hub, we believe in this goal with a passion. That’s why we provide a space for Ontarians to access information and resources, as well as share their stories and accomplishments – and how they’re making Ontario a better place for those who are disabled.

Why is an accessible future so important for Ontario? Let’s take a look at just a few reasons.

Is My Business AODA Compliant?

Is My Business AODA Compliant?

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a complex, yet extremely important, piece of legislation. At the AccessibilityHub, our goal is to help individuals and businesses alike understand AODA, and make Ontario a better place for Canadians with disabilities. In this article, we’ll look at some of the basics about AODA compliance in business. Let’s see how AODA affects your company!

Understanding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Boy in Wheelchair

At The AccessibilityHub, our mission is to promote the ways in which individuals, public officials, businesses, and municipal governments strive to make Ontario a better place to live for Ontarians who suffer from disabilities.

To understand our work, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). In this article, we’ll take a brief look at the history of the AODA, who it affects, what its goals are, and the benefits. Let’s get started.

Paint The Town Yellow

Paint The Town Yellow

In the spring of 2004 (2 years after their inception) the Innisfil Accessibility Advisory Committee (IAAC) identified a need to make all the curb cuts in the Town highly visible to those with vision impairments by painting them bright yellow.