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City extends deadline for 2014 Access Award nominations

November 12, 2014 -

The City and the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) have extended the nomination deadline to Friday, Nov. 14 for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award. The award celebrates efforts to improve access for people with disabilities.

Nomination forms can be found at www.CityofKingston.ca/AccessAward and submitted in person or by mail to the Clerk's Office, City Hall, 216 Ontario St., K7L 2Z3 or emailed to accessibility@cityofkingston.ca.

Any Kingstonian or Kingston-based team, company or organization making a significant contribution, beyond legislated requirements, toward improving access for persons with disabilities in the city can be nominated. Eligible efforts could include: an accessible building or vehicle or object design projects; programming that improves access to employment, recreation, leisure or transportation; or any effort that contributes to persons with disabilities living independently.

The winner will be celebrated at an Awards Ceremony at the Invista Centre from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 – the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In 2013, the recipient of the award was Providence Care for their ABI System Navigator Service, which assists people with acquired brain injuries in finding and accessing education and health services. Previous winners include H'Art Studios and Dawn Campbell from allAbilities Fitness.

The World Health Organization's International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes awareness of disability issues and mobilizes support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, and of the gains to be derived from their inclusion in every aspect of life.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.