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Constantly taking steps to increase inclusivity

Semaine québécoise des personnes handicapées and National AccessAbility Week 2022

The mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, Tim Thomas, and  members of City Council would like to highlight the Semaine québécoise des personnes handicapées [Quebec Disabled Persons Week] and the National AccessAbility Week on the theme of Inclusive from the Start, as well as spotlight the activities offered.

“Living with any type of disability requires resilience and determination every day. This is why it is important for us to take concrete action in our facilities and services to make it easier for everyone to participate in the life of the community” explained Mayor Thomas.

In order to successfully carry out its mission, the City is pleased to be able to count on the presence of an Accessibility Committee, which will encourage better understanding of the reality of people living with disabilities, and, as a result, target its actions to improve universal accessibility in the city.

Once again, this year, efforts are continuing to be made in order to improve access to municipal infrastructures. In May, the City inaugurated its new Olive-Urquhart Sports Centre, which is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility in terms of making it easier to move from one floor to another and between spaces, and to prepare for sports activities or to use the swimming pool and the various devices.

To facilitate access to Council meetings, whether as a live broadcast or recording, they are now available in closed-captioning. In addition, assistive listening devices are available in the Council Chamber for people who have difficulty hearing well.

Remember that the City is a partner organization of the Companion Leisure Card (CAL) for all its programs and activities. Offered year round, this free pass allows the accompanying person to participate free of charge in activities in which the person with a disability takes part.

The Library, for its part, has created five bilingual activity kits for people living with cognitive disorders. The kits are all different and allow people with cognitive disabilities and those accompanying them to take part in stimulating activities.

In addition, so that everyone enjoys the summer, three adapted tables will be set up in as many parks and green spaces.

Until June 7, young and old are invited to enjoy the open house days to discover or rediscover open paddling activities on Lake Saint-Louis. The docks of the Baie-de-Valois Nautical Centre are accessible to people with reduced mobility. For reservations, call 514-630-1256.

To mark this week, activity booklets on friendship and inclusion will be distributed at the Aquatic Centre, at the Sports Centre, as well as the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre. Parents and children can use this booklet to become aware of the importance and benefits of inclusion for everyone.

“Let’s continue together to make life easier for people living with disabilities, starting from an early age, one step at a time,” concluded Mayor Thomas.

 

Information: 514-630-1200, communications@pointe-claire.ca