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February 17, 2012
Disability Issues Committee launches new term with a special event
Toronto is undergoing significant change to remove the barriers faced by people with disabilities. On Tuesday, the Disability Issues Committee will launch its new term with a special event. Experts in the field will explain some of the changes underway in Ontario based on requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Date: Tuesday, February 21
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The speakers include:
• Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity Spadina), Chair of the Disability Issues Committee
• Barbara Hall, Ontario Human Rights Commissioner
• Darren Cooney, Manager, Public Education and Partnerships, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
• Matthew Rempel, Special Advisor to the Chief Officer Diversity and Accessibility, Ontario Public Service Office, Ontario Ministry of Government Services
• Uzma Shakir, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights, City of Toronto.

The committee advises City Council on the elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities, and will provide advice to City Council about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards required by the AODA.

The committee, once selected, will have 12 members, including up to three members of council, and the remainder citizen appointees. Citizens interested in joining the committee will be able to submit applications at the event. More information about the committee is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Bernita Lee
Office of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights



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