The Town of Aurora is committed to providing a safe community with effective services for residents and businesses. The prevention of new barriers and the minimizing of existing barriers for people with disabilities is required to provide increased accessibility in a fiscally responsible manner.
The Town of Aurora and its Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) are committed to making sure people of all ages and abilities have the same opportunities as they live, work or visit our town. The AAC advises Town Council in the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of its Accessibility Plan. The AAC provides a forum for persons with disabilities to raise issues and concerns and provides advice and guidance to Town Council concerning policies, practices, services and programs.
Accessibility Advisory Committee
Membership (effective March 1, 2015)
Member of Council
Councillor John Abel (Council Liaison)
Tyler Barker (Chair)
John Lenchak (Vice Chair)
Chris Catania, Accessibility Advisor, ext. 4212
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference for AAC 2014-2018
The Town of Aurora Accessibility Advisory Committee is committed to facilitate and improve accessibility on behalf of all challenged persons in Aurora by promoting public awareness and sensitivity; encouraging co-operation among all services and interest groups, public and private to ensure a better community for all persons.
To provide a focus for the Town's initiatives in implementing standards for the provision of services to persons with disabilities, improve the quality of services and allow people with disabilities to participate and avail themselves of the services offered by the Town of Aurora. In conjunction with the
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005, the Town will incorporate the Act's provisions when reviewing new development and react when there may be deficiencies within existing approved site plans.
The objectives for the provision of services to persons with disabilities are designed to provide accountability and measurability in the provision of these services:
Every person with a disability should:
- have access to the Town's services based on relative need and availability of resources;
- receive services designed to meet his or her needs and personal objectives;
- have the opportunity to participate as fully as possible in local government and decisions about the delivery of services they receive;
- have their right to privacy, dignity and confidentiality recognized and respected;
- be supported and encouraged to participate and be involved in the life of the community;
- have opportunities to develop and maintain skills that enable him or her to achieve their goals in the community; and
- have an opportunity and forum to raise concerns or issues with respect to the delivery of services.