In 2016, while a volunteer member of the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee (OAAC), I attended the Annual Joint Forum of Accessibility Advisory Committees in Durham Region. This forum is a great platform for learning what other Accessibility Advisory Committees (AAC) are doing to make their Municipality barrier-free. The Town of Ajax AAC shared about their participation in National Accessibility Awareness Week (NAAW):
“In 1987, Rick Hansen’s Man in motion tour brought issues of ability and access into the national spotlight. In response, National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) was recognized and echoes the commitment and intent of the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and subsequent accessibility standards.”
“For the past several years, the Town of Ajax, as well as several other municipalities across Canada, have recognized and celebrated National Access Awareness Week in their communities, in efforts to engage public accessibility awareness, education, and appreciation. Join in the celebration! Take part in Town of Ajax National Access Week events and activities! Celebrate the unique gifts inside people of all abilities by Cultivating Inclusion and accessibility awareness:”
When my OAAC term was up- I still wanted to participate in making Oshawa barrier-free and bringing awareness to accessibility issues and concerns. I was determined that the City of Oshawa participated in NAAW. I wrote a Correspondence on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 3:04 PM- asking the OAAC participate in NAAW.
On May 30, 2018, the Oshawa Express published an article, AccessAbility Awareness Week celebrates people with disabilities.
Oshawa Mayor John Henry announced the proclamation at the May 14 public accessibility meeting, after a request from Oshawa resident Adam White, who made a delegation request for the city to participate in the event, which is held nationwide.
Although it mentions I made a “delegation request” instead of a ‘Correspondence’, I’m grateful I can be apart of something greater than myself, such as: making Oshawa barrier-free.