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May 28, 2001
City of Toronto celebrates National Access Awareness Week
Mayor Mel Lastman has proclaimed May 28 to June 3 National Access Awareness
Week in the City of Toronto.

As part of National Access Awareness Week, on Thursday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m. in
the council chamber, Metro Hall, 55 John St., the City will host a panel
discussion on the subject "Disability and Accommodation." This discussion will
focus on recent developments in policies and laws that have an impact on the
daily lives of people with disabilities.

Panelists include Pearl Eliadis, Director of the Policy and Education Branch,
Ontario Human Rights Commission; Naomi Overend, Counsel, Ontario Human Rights
Commission; Fiona Sampson, Counsel for the Women's Legal Education and Action
Fund (LEAF); Ena Chada, Counsel for ARCH: A Legal Resource Centre for Persons
with Disabilities; and Josée Bouchard, Counsel with the Law Society of Upper

More than 17 per cent of Toronto's 2.5 million residents have some form of
disability and the City of Toronto has been at the forefront of disability
access issues.

National Access Awareness Week encourages individuals to think about their
community's accessibility and to work toward solutions. The week celebrates the
accomplishments of people with disabilities and focuses awareness on the
barriers that exist for people with disabilities in the areas of
transportation, housing, employment, education and communication.

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