PETERBOROUGH-Eight people have been charged with non-compliance during a police Accessible Permit Compliance blitz leading up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
“Accessible parking spaces can only be used by people with accessible permits issued by the Province of Ontario.” reminded the City of Peterborough on Twitter.
Peterborough Police said they conducted compliance checks over the last few weeks and found eight people using accessible parking spaces who were not eligible.
December 3 marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations 2021 theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”
The Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee released the following statement:
“For persons with disabilities, the pandemic and consequent lockdown have come with diverse challenges, from sourcing essential supplies to accessing medical treatment, barriers to communication, exercising social distancing and much more. The Canadian Government writes about the challenges of COVID-19 and People with Disabilities. Examples include the barrier created for those who are hard of hearing with the mandatory use of protective cloth masks and of plexiglass protective barricades, those who have difficulties washing their own hands, blind or low-vision Canadians who must physically touch objects for support or to obtain information, and those with trouble understanding and/or following public health guidance on physical distancing.
However, the population has also seen innovative transformations that have proven to be beneficial. For instance, the availability of online platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, drive up services like COVID-19 vaccinations and testing areas at the Lindsay Exhibition Grounds and Ross Memorial Hospital, and many pleasurable experiences including drive by Santa and Christmas displays. In fact, there have been many inclusive new portals that have evolved during this pandemic period of the last 18 plus months. We have been forced to “think outside the box”, to creatively ensure that the future is inclusive, accessible and sustainable for All People. All in alignment with the 2021 theme.
The City of Kawartha Lakes was a community leader throughout this evolution. Our experienced staff members played key roles in this innovative process of change. An opportunity to recognize the thoughtfully initiated improvements to overcome barriers to inclusion is available through the Accessibility Awareness Recognition Awards program. Consider nominating colleagues or a staff team, that have “gone the extra mile”, so that Council, in partnership with the Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee can show their appreciation for their efforts.
As Kawartha Lakes gains momentum towards a post-COVID time, let us consider refreshing our Accessible Customer Service Training and our awareness of the Accessibility Policy along with the supporting Management Directives by reviewing the Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Training Guideline.”