National AccessAbility Awareness (N.A.A.W) was created following Rick Hansen’s 40,000 km Man in Motion World Tour, organized to raise awareness about the need for accessibility.

As a part of Aurora’s National AccessAbility Awareness (N.A.A.W) programming, check out how you can help celebrate N.A.A.W! 

Accessibility Challenge!

This year, to celebrate National AccessAbility Awareness Week we want to challenge you to help us create accessibility awareness in Aurora by showing off your talents! What do you think of when you hear the phrase 'accessible community'? Paint, draw, write a poem, make a sculpture or use any form of art to share this vision.

How to Participate?

  1. Make an artistic creation
  2. Take a photo or 30 second video of it
  3. Post it and use the hashtag #AccessibleAurora in your comment; and
  4. Follow #AccessibleAurora to see other creations!

Ways to create your artistic vision

  • Paint or draw
  • Make a craft or sculpture
  • Create a comic (one frame)
  • Write a spoken word or poem
  • Write and/or create a song

Submissions are due on Saturday, June 5. Have fun!


To get a better sense of how accessibility is functioning in our community, Aurora’s Accessibility Advisory Committee has created an accessibility awareness survey to get your opinion on how the Town can improve its accessibility. Please take a moment to fill out our short accessibility awareness survey.

COVID-19 Disability Survey

The Abilities Centre of Ontario has made a survey to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic’s on persons with disabilities across Canada. This survey can be completed by anyone 18 years old or older with a disability, has a child with a disability, or shares a home with a family member with a disability. Provide your input by taking the COVID-19 Disability Survey. This survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Red Shirt Day

As a part of National AccessAbility week the Town of Aurora is promoting Red Shirt Day through the Easter Seals foundation. Red Shirt Day is a Canada wide movement to support National AccessAbility Awareness Week that is taking place on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. If you wish to participate, please visit the Red Shirt Day website to sign up and receive more information. You can participate by posting a photo of yourself in a red shirt on social media using the hashtags #RedForAccessAbility and #aurora

Accessibility Awareness Videos

Why Design Should Include Everyone - Sinéad Burke

Learning Disability in Higher Education – Lexie Garrity

Designing With The Blind in Mind – Chris Downey

CGI 3D Animated Short: "Ian" - Mundoloco CGI Ian Foundation

Social Model Animation

Addition Information for Future Initiatives