Nominations Open for 2021 Celebrating Accessibility Awards

Published on: 2021/09/27 - in News

Nominations for the 2021 Celebrating Accessibility Awards are now being accepted by the City of Kingston and the municipal accessibility advisory committee (MAAC).

Eligible nominees are Kingston residents, organizations or businesses who have had a positive impact on accessibility in the city in the past three years.

Nominees are due by October 22 at 4pm and can be made in three categories – Business, Community Member and Community Organization – in the following area(s) the nominee’s work best reflects:

  • Built Environment: a building, interior, or outdoor space purposely designed, modified, or renovated to eliminate barriers and/or enhance access for people with disabilities.
  • Customer Service: breaking down barriers that prevent customers with disabilities from accessing the services they need. Barriers include physical/architectural, technological, information or communication, organizational and attitudinal.
  • Design of Public Spaces: making communal spaces, such as trails, beaches, rest stops, outdoor play spaces, accessible parking, or outdoor paths of travel more accessible.
  • Education: identifying and removing barriers to student participation in learning at all levels from kindergarten to post-secondary and adult education.
  • Employment: employers making their workplace practices accessible to potential or current workers with disabilities.
  • Health Care: making the health care system more accessible to patients with disabilities as well as any patients’ support people.
  • Information and Communication: creating, providing, and receiving information and communications that people with disabilities can access. Accessible information and communication provide all people an equal chance to learn and be active in their communities.
  • Transportation: making the features and equipment on transportation services, including routes and vehicles, accessible to passengers with disabilities.

Established in 2011 by the City of Kingston, in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), the awards recognize a person, group or organization that has made or is making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston.

More information can be found on the City’s Celebrating Accessibility Awards page along with nomination forms.

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