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Milton celebrates International Day for Persons with Disabilities

Posted on Friday November 24, 2017

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The Town of Milton is celebrating International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Sunday, December 3, by offering free drop-in programs at recreation facilities for persons with disabilities.

Admission is free of charge for persons with disabilities and a caregiver for Town drop-in activities, including fitness centres, fitness classes, skating, swimming, sports and walking/running tracks as well as whirlpool & sauna visits. Programs are available at all Town recreation facilities, except for the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, which is closed for the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

“We are proud to honour the many Miltonians with disabilities and their caregivers who contribute to the health and prosperity of our community,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “The Town of Milton makes it a priority to create a fully accessible and inclusive community for people of all abilities.”

In addition to its 2012 - 2017 Municipal Accessibility Plan, the Town develops an annual status report on this multi-year forecast. The 2016 - 2017 Municipal Accessibility Plan identifies the projects and initiatives undertaken by staff to support inclusiveness and meet the Town's compliance obligations.  Members of the Milton Accessibility Advisory Committee play a key role in the development of these plans. Committee members also advise and assist the Town in promoting and facilitating a barrier-free community for citizens of all abilities (universal accessibility), including persons with disabilities.

The annual observance of the International Day for Persons With Disabilities was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Ontario is the first and only province to have enacted disability legislation, beginning with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA), and then its successor the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The goal is to create provincial accessibility standards and to have universal accessibility by 2025. Businesses and organizations that provide goods and services to people in Ontario will have to meet accessibility standards in five areas (Customer Service, Transportation, Information and Communication, Built Environment, and Employment) to create a fully accessible Ontario by 2025.

For more information, visit www.milton.ca/accessibility. For drop-in schedules, download the MyMilton mobile app or visit www.milton.ca/dropin.

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