Guest Blogger: Jenny Sawicki, Coordinator; Municipal Accessibility Plan, City of Brantford
The Brantford Accessibility Advisory Committee (BAAC) has been supporting the City of Brantford in its commitment to accessibility and creating an inclusive community for many years. A significant part of this is bringing awareness to the importance of accessibility of facilities and services and how it can enhance the lives of residents and visitors. As part of this awareness BAAC has been encouraging Brantford’s participation in National Access Awareness week since 2010.
Originally identified as Disability Awareness Week, National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) was established in 1988. In response to Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion tour, NAAW was created to continue to the promotion of better community access for people with disabilities. NAAW is traditionally celebrated during the week that includes June 1st to mark the anniversary of the conclusion of Rick Hansen's Man in Motion world tour in 1987.
The main goal of NAAW is to raise public awareness of existing barriers that prevent citizens with disabilities from full and equal participation in all aspects of their community and what may be done to correct these problems. Focus should also be given to examples of best practices and advancements made towards full inclusion for citizens with disabilities.
2019 will be the third year BAAC will be celebrating National Access Awareness week by acknowledging local accessibility achievements within the private sector. This not only allows businesses to promote themselves as accessible, but invites members within the community who may have disabilities to learn more about what businesses and services are accessible to them.
BAAC invites Brantford to celebrate National Access Awareness Week with them from May 26th to June 1st.