South Huron has served the area for almost 15 years providing support to well over 100 people with development disabilities. A key part of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (ODA) 2001 is for each Ontario municipality with a population of over 10,000 to prepare and publish a Municipal Accessibility Plan in consultation with people with disabilities. For information on Huron County's Accessibility Plan, click here for more information.
The Accessibility Plan is consistent with regulations set out by the new accessibility law - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is provincial legislation that aims to achieve full accessibility throughout the province by the year 2025. It applies to private, public and voluntary sectors. The AODA requires Accessibility standards in key areas of daily living:
- Customer Service (adopted at the June 1, 2009 Council meeting)
- Built Environment
- Information and Communications
The Ministry of Community and Social Services has created a website www.AccessON.ca to assist communities, businesses and all enterprises to create a barrier free Ontario. Please visit the website to learn about the new standards that are being developed and tips to create an environment where all people can take part.
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
Citizens With Disabilities-Ontario (CWD-O) is dedicated to the full participation of all persons in the social, economic and political life of their communities. It actively supports and promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of individuals to determine their own destinies. Key areas of activities are community development, social action, social development, referral, and member services. Its primary activity is to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and promote their personal participation in changing social and physical barriers that allow for full participation in the mainstream of society. To learn more about Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario, click here.
2018 Municipal Elections
The Municipal Elections Act places responsibility on the Clerk to have regard to the needs of the electors and candidates with disabilities. Accessible Customer Service Standards must be followed when conducting municipal elections. South Huron municipal elections will be conducted in a manner that shall ensure that Candidates and electors with disabilities have full and equal access to all election information and services, including the voting kiosk at the municipal office. Follow this link for South Huron's Election Accessibility Plan.