Accessibility in our Community
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What is a barrier?
A barrier is anything that prevents people with disabilities from fully participating in and contributing to all aspects of society. Barriers come in many different forms, such as:
- Small meeting spaces for a large group can be barriers for people who use wheelchairs, scooters, or other mobility aids.
- Documents with confusing messages, unfamiliar language, and poor graphics can make information hard to understand and create barriers for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Small print sizes and hard-to-read fonts can be barriers for people with low vision.
- Announcements over intercoms may be barriers for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, and, in a noisy environment, can be difficult for anyone to hear clearly.
- Attitudes can cause people to treat people with disabilities worse than they treat people who don't have disabilities.
Things you should know about disabilities
Our abilities change throughout our life and may change as we age. We may have temporary disabilities or permanent ones. It's likely that we will all experience some form of disability at some point in our life.
Disability comes in many forms. Disabilities may be:
- Visible or hidden - It's easy to see the person who uses a wheelchair or scooter, but a disability that affects someone's hearing may be hidden.
- Severe or mild - Complete paralysis can affect every aspect of a person's life. A minor speech impairment has a lesser impact.
- Singular or multiple - An example of a disability with multiple effects is diabetes, which can lead to blindness, loss of sensation in peripheral extremities, or even amputation.
- Chronic or intermittent - Someone with a learning disability tends to process information at the same level every day. A person who experiences seizures may have an episode only once every few weeks, months, or years.
This information is from: Access Ontario.
Examples of City of Kamloops accessibility initiatives
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