11/05/2001

Toronto, Ontario, November 5, 2001. Ann Mulvale, AMO President, joined the Hon. Cam Jackson, Minister of Citizenship, with responsibilities for Persons with Disabilities, as he introduced the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA).
The ODA is the beginning framework which will build on what municipalities are already doing and inspire the changes that will get us closer to achieving full citizenship for persons with disabilities," said Ann Mulvale AMO President.

AMO understands that the Act introduced today contains voluntary and mandatory measures including the creation of two new bodies, the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and the Ontario Accessibility Advisory Council.  In terms of municipal government, many are already making great progress in removing accessibility barriers in public spaces and have advisory councils to help them prepare local plans and create awareness of the needs of the disability community.  The extension of these best practices will be helpful.

AMO certainly supports the involvement of the private sector in terms of its role in providing more work and independent living opportunities for persons with disabilities.

"This Act should be viewed as a renewal of our collective commitment to a barrier free society," said Mulvale. "There is work for all of us to do B the public and private sectors alike. AMO looks forward to working with all the sectors especially the disability community to achieve a barrier free society." 
   
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario's population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.

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