On December 3, 2014 the Kingsville BIA was host to a Go ON accessibility workshop entitled Accessibility is Good for Business. Participants learned how making their business accessible to everyone is good for their business. If a business presents a barrier to a potential customer (doorways, washrooms, steps, etc.) this could lead to a barrier of money to a business. Participants learned why accessibility is good for Ontario.
Disabilities can be visible (wheel chair/walker) or invisible (speech, cognitive, hearing, mental) with 70% of disabilities being classified as invisible. Different types of disabilities include: permanent, temporary (broken limb), progressive (arthritis, Alzheimer’s) and intermittent (seizures).
The BIA Board of Managers have included accessibility in their new Strategic and Marketing Plan for 2016-2018.
The AODA stands for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This is a proactive piece of legislation to make Ontario completely accessible within a 10 year period. The AODA standards is NOT the Ontario Building Code or the Ontario Human Rights Code, but covers the following five standards:
Resources to help you meet the AODA standards
Accessible Parking Information
Guidelines for interpreting the Design of Public Spaces Standard
For more information or clarification on the AODA please contact: