Pathways to Recreation: Learning about Ontario's Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces
In 2005, the Government of Ontario passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, also known as the AODA. Its goal is to make Ontario accessible by 2025 by creating and enforcing accessibility standards that address key areas of daily living.
There are five accessibility Standards under the AODA:
- Customer Service
- Information and Communications
- Design of Public Spaces (Built Environment)
Parks and Recreation Ontario, with support from the Government of Ontario's EnAbling Change Partnership Program, has created a Guidebook for the recreation and parks sector. The Guidebook addresses the Design of Public Spaces Standard and is intended to provide owners, managers and/or operators of municipal and not-for-profit parks, outdoor recreation facilities and amenities with a better understanding of the requirements that pertain to making these facilities accessible, and to provide promising practices that can support successful implementation. This guidebook does not include all of the technical specifications contained in the Standard. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the Standard.