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H'art School Wins Access Award

December 3, 2012

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is December 3

At a reception today, the City, in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), honoured H'art School as this year's recipient of its International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award.

H'art School was nominated for "The Box," a fully accessible, mixed-ability performing arts studio and presentation space. H'art School, 237 Wellington St., is a non-profit, charitable organization helping adults with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential through arts and education.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award was established last year to recognize a person, group or organization making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston.

Also receiving special recognition at today's ceremony:

  • Canadian Hard of Hearing Association: Kingston Branch (Kingston Hard of Hearing Club), which works to eliminate the isolation, indignation and frustration of hard of hearing and deafened persons by assisting in increasing personal self-esteem and confidence.
  • CFRC, 101.9 FM Queens University, which was nominated for its new radio show, Community Living, which promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities on the radio.
  • Lily's Place Family Shelter - Home Based Housing, which is dedicated to assisting single women and families as they transition from homelessness to a home of their own. Lily's Place is an accessible facility that will provide shelter and housing support services to 100 to 200 people a year, including those with disabilities.
  • Donna Huff, who, for the past 25 years, has been a Community Volunteer Patient at Queen's University's Clinical Learning/Clinical Education Centre. Her role has been to teach future nurses, physicians, occupational and physiotherapists about the lived experience from the perspective of the patient.

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The Access Award's selection committee included the Chair of MAAC and members from its Built Environment, Information/Communication/Employment and Transportation working groups.

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Media contact information:
Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300.