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Take an AccessAbility minute to think about making Kingston more inclusive

May 23, 2019 -

Do you have one minute to discover how to make all residents in our community feel included? This is all the time it takes to learn how we can create a more accessible Kingston.

To celebrate National AccessAbility Week, May 26 to June 1, the City will share seven stories—each of them 60 seconds or less in length—as part of our second annual, "I can…in Kingston because…" campaign. 

Launched last year, in collaboration with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), this campaign aims to celebrate ways Kingston is becoming a more inclusive community, while recognizing there is still work to be done.

 "This year, the committee has tried to capture accounts that encourage residents to examine their environment and think about all aspects of accessibility," says Julie Salter-Keane, City community projects manager. "At the end of the day, our hope is that this campaign sparks conversation," she adds.

Helping spur these conversations are personal accounts from a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, a local advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community, and a history buff with a service animal.

"We hope every resident takes time to learn more about accessibility and how essential it is to creating an inclusive community," says Salter-Keane. And all the time you need: one minute.

If you encounter a barrier at a City facility or service, please submit a barrier report online at www.CityofKingston.ca/Accessibility or call 613-546-0000.