2023-2027 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

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Accessibility impacts everyone. It affects our ability to experience joy, safety, convenience and adventure.

What considerations need to be made to ensure City of Vaughan programs, policies, procedures and services are free from barriers? How can we ensure City-managed public spaces thoughtfully consider the needs of individuals with vision impairments, hearing deficiencies, social anxieties, autism and sensory sensitivities or developmental delays, just to name a few? How can the City ensure you have access to the information you require in the format you require it in?

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the City of Vaughan has an obligation to regularly develop and monitor a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. To draft this plan, a wide range of community members and residents — particularly those with lived experience of barriers to access, equity and inclusion — must be consulted with and welcomed into the conversation.

The City is committed to ensuring the next Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (2023-2027) will be designed with the inputs of a greater and wider range of Vaughan residents than ever before. That means collecting the inputs of as many residents, workers and visitors to Vaughan as possible; in particular, those who have disabilities, or who are loved ones of people with disabilities or who work with people with disabilities.

GET INVOLVED!

Engagement on the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan update closed on April 2.

From Feb. 15 to April 2, members of the public were invited to share their accessibility stories and describe what a fully enabling and accessible City of Vaughan looks and feels like.

Accessibility impacts everyone. It affects our ability to experience joy, safety, convenience and adventure.

What considerations need to be made to ensure City of Vaughan programs, policies, procedures and services are free from barriers? How can we ensure City-managed public spaces thoughtfully consider the needs of individuals with vision impairments, hearing deficiencies, social anxieties, autism and sensory sensitivities or developmental delays, just to name a few? How can the City ensure you have access to the information you require in the format you require it in?

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the City of Vaughan has an obligation to regularly develop and monitor a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. To draft this plan, a wide range of community members and residents — particularly those with lived experience of barriers to access, equity and inclusion — must be consulted with and welcomed into the conversation.

The City is committed to ensuring the next Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (2023-2027) will be designed with the inputs of a greater and wider range of Vaughan residents than ever before. That means collecting the inputs of as many residents, workers and visitors to Vaughan as possible; in particular, those who have disabilities, or who are loved ones of people with disabilities or who work with people with disabilities.

GET INVOLVED!

Engagement on the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan update closed on April 2.

From Feb. 15 to April 2, members of the public were invited to share their accessibility stories and describe what a fully enabling and accessible City of Vaughan looks and feels like.

Share Your Story

What does a fully accessible and enabling City of Vaughan look like to you?

What is your own experience of accessibility and inclusion? And what would you like the City of Vaughan to learn from your accessibility story?

One in every two people experience some form of a barrier that prevents them from performing everyday life tasks, carrying out work or household responsibilities, or engaging in leisure, recreational and social activities. 

Whether it’s a broken bone, mental-health related, a chronic health condition, substance dependence, a learning disability, neurodivergence like ADHD or autism, seizures, or pregnancy, to name only a few, it’s inevitable that you, a loved one or someone you know well, are confronting the obstacles and frustrations that result from having a disability. Sometimes they are temporary and sometimes they are not. What should we know about the needs, concerns and dreams of those living with disabilities?

Thank you for sharing your story with us.
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Accessible Parks and Swings for Kids to PLAY!

    by A Mother, over 1 year ago
    My daughter has a cerebral palsy but is very active! She loves walking to the park and using the playground and swings. Unfortunately she is now 4 years old and does not fit into the baby swing seats. She does not have enough core strength to stay on the 'big kid seats' and will easily fall off. Our dream is to make our local 'Crofter Park', in Woodbridge an accessible park for her to play in with foam floors instead of wood chips and to at least have an accessible swing for her and other children with disabilities to use... Continue reading
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    All New Builds should be accessible

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    Accessibility & parking

    by LT Maple, over 1 year ago

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    Snowbanks blocking access to sidewalks

    by Kris. Lo, over 1 year ago
    The snowbanks and piles of snow that are blocking each intersection have made stepping out of your home impossible. Those with a cane, a walker, mobility issues or mothers with strollers can not get around. I am so disappointed in those responsible for clearing snow in vaughan and their lack of consideration for those who have mobility issues. Please revisit the way snow is cleared to ensure accessibility is maintained on our streets. Do better Vaughan.
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    Moving the Disabled Around Vaughan, Toronto and the GTA

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    Accessible Equipment in our Community Centres

    by D & C, over 1 year ago
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    All our community centre pools should also be equipped with lifts to easily access the water.

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    Bus trips for the disabled

    by D & C, over 1 year ago
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    Doctor Practices

    by D & C, over 1 year ago

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    The AODA

    by D & C, over 1 year ago
    There are many establishments in Vaughan that take could easily be made accessible, but because of the Grand Father Clause in the ( Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act ) some establishments have no respect for the disabled and I have a very hard and frustrating time visiting them. These establishments are the closest to my residence and therefor have no other choice otherwise I would not give them my business. The AODA should be reviewed and updated to ensure a better quality of life for the challenged not only in Vaughan but throughout Canada.
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    York Region Mobility Transportation

    by D & C, over 1 year ago
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