December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the City of Pointe-Claire would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of supporting these people by performing small, everyday gestures, such as respecting reserved parking spaces. For its part, the City is working hard to make its facilities more accessible than ever.
At the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, the signs have been improved and now include indications in Braille. In the adjacent park, work has been completed to make the paths more accessible, reduce the slope of some paths, and install handrails.
At the Aquatic Centre, a new handrail was installed, making it safer to move between the locker rooms and the fitness rooms. A lift is also available for users to get in and out of the pool easily.
In order to allow all children to take part in as many activities as possible, the City purchased an accessible bicycle to give all children a chance to travel together during Teen Camp activities. In addition, adapted swings were installed for children living with a disability at Clearpoint, Valois and David-W.-Beck Parks. The paths leading to these new facilities were optimized for wheelchair users.
An activity booklet was also created to teach children about inclusion and respecting differences, and City employees received training to better assist our residents who have specific needs.
Other improvements will be made over the next few years to offer an even more accessible environment and improve the everyday lives of people living with a disability.