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2015-09-21 - Charlottetown to Host Forum for Creating a Barrier-Free City

The City of Charlottetown’s Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities is hosting a public forum in October to brainstorm ways to make the city more inclusive and accessible.

The forum, Creating a Barrier-Free City, will be held on October 27 from 8:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Murchison Centre, 17 St. Pius X Avenue.

"If we’re going to make any headway in eliminating barriers for all persons with disabilities in the City of Charlottetown, we need to talk to the organizations, policy makers, community groups and people who are the experts either through first-hand experience or extensive research," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We started with the creation of the Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities and we’re excited to now be offering the first-ever forum hosted by the committee. We’re looking forward to some real collaboration to make in-roads in creating a barrier-free city."

Anyone interested in attending the forum must register before October 16. Registrations can be made by calling 902-566-5548 or visiting: http://cityforum.eventbrite.ca The Murchison Centre is fully accessible and sign language services will be provided during the forum.

"The City’s Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities was created to promote the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities within the Charlottetown community," said Councillor Mitchell Tweel, Chair of the Civic Board. "This forum is vitally important. It’s critical that we hear from our stakeholders and the great citizens of our city to get their valuable input on how to truly make the City of Charlottetown as inclusive and as accessible and as barrier-free as possible for everyone."

"We are pleased to see the City and the Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities using a community engagement model to do this important work," said Marcia Carroll, Executive Director of the PEI Council of People with Disabilities. "Removing physical and systemic barriers is the essential first step to ensuring all Islanders experience full citizenship when living, working and visiting our Capital City. It has been an honour to work with the Civic Board as they plan and implement this historic event."

For more information on the Creating a Barrier-Free City Forum, visit www.charlottetown.ca

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Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown
902-629-4102
jgavin@charlottetown.ca



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