Charlottetown City Council has accepted a document designed to help event organizers make their events more accessible to persons with disabilities. The document was developed by the Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities in consultation with the PEI Council for Persons with Disabilities and event professionals. It was created as a result of the City’s Creating a Barrier-Free City Forum.
"One of the themes that came from our Creating a Barrier-Free City Forum was to apply a disability lens to everything we do, becoming more cognisant of the barriers that exist for persons with disabilities," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This document provides a checklist so event organizers can examine and reduce the barriers that might prevent a person with a disability from participating in an event. Ultimately, we all need to be aware of the potential barriers to participation that exist and work together to do what we can to remove those barriers."
The document, which includes a checklist for event organizers, was adopted by Council at its regular monthly meeting on August 8. It will be shared with event organizers as well as City staff involved in planning and executing events. It is also available on the City’s website at: www.charlottetown.ca and click on the "Creating Accessible Events" in the Quick Links menu. (Direct URL: www.charlottetown.ca/pdfs2016/Creating%20Accessible%20Events.pdf)
"This document is intended to be a guideline. We realize that each event organizer has a budget they have to stick to and each venue comes with its own challenges for being completely accessible, but going through the checklist and eliminating as many barriers as possible is a step in the right direction," said Councillor Mitchell Tweel, Chair of the Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities. "It’s imperative that we make in-roads in eliminating barriers so that everyone can feel free and feel comfortable to participate in any event they want. We sincerely hope that event organizers will take this seriously and work with us to make events in Charlottetown – and elsewhere – more accessible."
For more information on the Creating a Barrier-Free City forum, report and recommendations, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/barrier-free-report.php
The guidelines are also attached below
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