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Ontario is one step closer to creating accessibility for all!
The Final Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard, as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, has now been posted on the Ministry of Community and Social Services' website.
By: Ronny Wiskin
Accessibility is not a niche market; it's a demographic tsunami and we will all feel the effects. We have to improve access now.
Everyone in the home health care industry is aware by now that people with special access needs expect – and have the right to expect – the same services and opportunities as everyone else: independent travel, accessible facilities, trained staff, reliable information and inclusive activities. Accessible environments benefit everyone. The more individuals that enjoy the opportunity to access both public buildings and private dwellings will mean that more people will be able to visit businesses in order to spend their money as well as spend time with family and friends. Society as a whole benefits from new job opportunities, more tax revenue and a comfortable, accessible environment for both inhabitants and visitors.
The demand for accessibility, in its wide conception of access for all, is growing. Accessibility is an opportunity rather than an obligation. If the building, construction and housing industries want to maintain and develop quality, sustainability and competitiveness, it must support, develop and incorporate accessible and universal design for all.
Reliable Independent Living Services® (RILS) aims to meet this demand. As a home modification business originally set up in 2004, we aim to help make Canadian homes and businesses accessible to all. We bring together the home health care industry with the home and workplace modification industry in new ways – to share experiences, learn from each other and collaborate in joint projects and partnerships.
We support the development and spread of good policies and practices as a means of raising awareness, knowledge and expertise on accessibility issues in the built environment. RILS started as a Toronto based business, but we welcome partners from all over Canada and the world to share in our activities and collaborate with our local members. We have only just begun our work but we have our sights set clearly on the path ahead and on the ultimate destination:
The Government of Ontario's final proposed draft of the AODA built environment standard. Made available to the public on September 9, 2010. Find it at http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/
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Reliable Independent Living Services® design and install barrier-free living spaces. They have the experience and resources needed in order to transform any work or living place into a comfortable, barrier-free environment.
Page Updated Last on: Sep 12, 2010