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ODA Committee Update
dated July 2, 2003
posted July 8, 2003


City of Kingston and Queens University to Host Open Forum on Barriers to Help with their Accessibility Plans

July 2, 2003


On Thursday, July 3, 2003, Queens University and the City of Kingston will host a joint public forum to gather information on barriers and to report on progress on developing their accessibility plans under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001. See announcement below.


Under the ODA 2001, public sector organizations such as universities and municipal governments are required to establish and make public an annual accessibility plan by September 30, 2003. We have urged all organizations which are required to develop these plans to hold open "Barrier Busters' Forums" to get input from the public on the barriers they should address in these plans.

We are pleased to see that Queens University and the City of Kingston will be holding such a forum, and that they will be doing it together at the same time. This will let persons with disabilities and others interested in this issue to give input without having to say the same thing twice at two different events.

We encourage all in the area to attend this event. We encourage all other public sector organizations covered by the ODA 2001 to hold similar events, and to follow this good example of combining their efforts in one joint event. Contact your local city government, university, school board and/or hospital and urge them to follow this example coming from Kingston and Queens.

We also encourage all private sector organizations to do the same. Unfortunately, the Conservative Government's Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 does not require private sector organizations such as retail stores to make accessibility plans.

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Queen's University, and the City of Kingston will be sponsoring a Public Meeting on Accessibility Thursday, July 3rd, Policy Studies building on Union Street (on Queen's University Campus) 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to review the progress being made by the City and Queen's on their Accessibility Plans, and to contribute their own ideas on issues of physical, procedural, and policy related accessibility.

The meeting location is physically accessible, sign language interpreters have been booked for the event and all desks will be set up with microphones. Discussion will also be typed and projected onto a screen as it unfolds, and all printed materials will be available in alternative formats.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Erin Weir at 533-6000, ex. 77581, or by e-mail at eeqproj@post.queensu.ca

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