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December 2, 2005
City recognizes International Day of People with Disabilities
Mayor David Miller proclaimed December 3, International Day of People with Disabilities today and honoured six unsung heroes for their contributions. The City of Toronto hosted an inaugural event along with community and business partners, to recognize and celebrate individuals, showcase services and programs, and provide an open forum for community residents.

In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed December 3 as the International Day of Disabled Persons, a day to raise awareness and endorse measures to improve the situation of persons with disabilities and provide equal opportunities. The Assembly then appealed to Member States to highlight the observance of the Day to further integrate people with disabilities into society.

“The City of Toronto continues to work towards its goal of a barrier-free city in which all persons with disabilities can exercise their civil, political, social and cultural rights on an equal basis with other persons,” said Mayor Miller. “The City is committed to improving the integration of people with disabilities into city life. Today’s forum gave participants an opportunity to share ideas and give recommendations on how the City can enhance access to services.”

Some of the programs and services showcased today that support access for people with disabilities to City services included an update on Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s public consultation session ‘Getting Services Right for Torontonians with Disabilities;’ Shelter, Support and Housing Administration’s ‘From Streets to Homes Program - A Strategy to Assist Homeless Persons Find Permanent Housing;’ and Transportation Services’ pedestrian crossings, snow removal and lawn care programs.

Councillor Joe Mihevc, who chairs the City’s Disability Issues Committee and the Mayor’s Roundtable on Access, Equity and Human Rights added, “The City of Toronto continues to take a leadership role in the fight for the elimination of all forms of discrimination and disadvantage and to ensure that everyone has the right to live in conditions of dignity, respect and peace.
We come here together to celebrate with others around the world, the abilities, lives, integrity, vitality and excellence of people with disabilities.”

The City of Toronto acknowledges its community agencies and business partners for their contributions, and its sponsors: BMO Financial Group, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Scotiabank, RBC Financial Group and TD Canada Trust.

For more information, visit or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

Media contact:

Claudia White
Social Services Division



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