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May 30, 2000
City of Toronto Celebrates National Access Awareness Week
Mayor Mel Lastman has proclaimed May 29 to June 4, 2000 as National Access
Awareness Week in the City of Toronto.

As part of National Access Awareness Week, on Wednesday, May 31st, at 5:00 p.m.
in the Members' Lounge, Toronto City Hall, the three recipients of the City of
Toronto Access Awards will be announced. The Award recognizes the recipient's
contribution to improving access for people with disabilities in Toronto.

This year's recipients are:

- Jeff Adams is a disability advocate and gold-medal winning Canadian
Paralympics athlete, and co-chair of the 2008 Toronto Bid Accessibility

- Christopher Wayne Burgess, a community care coordinator for the Toronto Métis
Council, has been providing culture-specific support to people with

- The Ontario Council of Alternative Businesses (OCAB) is an umbrella
organization for 11 provincial businesses that are run and managed by those
with mental illnesses.

Over 17 per cent of Toronto's 2.4 million residents have some form of
disability and The City of Toronto has been at the forefront of disability
access issues. In December 1999, City Council adopted many of the
recommendations of the Task Force on Community Access and Equity, including the
establishment of a community advisory committee on disability issues.

National Access Awareness Week encourages individuals to think about their
community's accessibility and to work toward solutions.

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