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November 17, 2008
City launches city-wide recreation resource for people with disabilities
Mayor David Miller and Councillor Adrian Heaps (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Disabilities Issues Committee, today launched the Adapted Programs & Integrated Services guides, a new resource that will better inform residents of City recreation programs and services, making it easier for people with disabilities to participate.

“These new recreation resource guides are a step in the right direction to building a city that is inclusive, welcoming and liveable for all,” said Mayor Miller. “This is one of the initiatives under the City’s Accessibility Plan that will improve how people with disabilities access our programs and services.”

The guides were born out of a pilot project in the Etobicoke York District in 2005, and expanded to the other districts based on community feedback that Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation received at the Getting Services Right for People with Disabilities consultations. The feedback collected from 817 residents and 51 disability service agencies was used to develop the Getting Services Right for People with Disabilities research study, the purpose of which was to discover the reasons why more people do not participate in adapted and integrated recreational opportunities, and to use this information to improve service delivery.

“As a public organization, the City continues to look at ways to create an accessible system for our residents,” said Councillor Heaps. “I congratulate Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation for listening to the public and delivering a resource that will meet the residents’ needs.”

One of the targets in Our Common Grounds, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s strategic plan, is to increase the number of people with a disability enrolled in programs by 1,000 per cent. This will enable the division to achieve its goal of promoting lifelong active living. With the production of these guides, the division continues its commitment to improve access, reduce barriers and further promote awareness of recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.

The guides are available for each of the four districts and feature City and community-operated programs designed for people of all ages, interests and abilities. Additionally, the guides include information on how to register and who to contact for more information. The Adapted Programs & Integrated Services guides are available online at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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