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About the Accessibility Advisory Committee
The Accessibility Advisory Committee's mandate is to provide vision and direction to staff and Council regarding the removal of barriers which exist within Municipal services, practices and programs.
Accessibility Advisory Committee
Vivii Niitsoo, Vice-Chair
Sherill Ann Monoghan
Sara Almas, Clerk
Catherine Sholtz (Breaking Down Barriers)
The Advisory Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm in Community Room "A" at the Library located at 55 Ste. Marie Street.
• Review Ontario with Disabilities Standards
• Undertaken strategic visioning
Town of Collingwood – Becoming More Accessible!
- Community Info Line
If you or someone you know has trouble reading the Town Page with Notices, Events and Employment listings for the Town of Collingwood, we have an Accessible Municipal Info Line to hear an audible version of the Town Page.
Call 445-1030 ext 3300
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Municipal Info Line, please contact Christa Carter, Coordinator Clerk Services at 445-1030 ext. 3294
Accessing the Library
- Books on Wheels
The Library offers a free service that delivers materials to Collingwood residents who are unable to come into the Library. We offer large and regular print books, books on CD, magazines and DAISY Talking Books. The service delivers to five nursing homes in Collingwood as well as residential addresses.
A selection of materials is chosen by staff and volunteers based on information you provide us. Fees only apply in the event a loaned item is lost or damaged; there are no overdue fines.
Call Lyndsay at 705-445-1571 ext. 6230 to register.
- Large Print Books
Large print books are books, both fiction and non-fiction, that are printed in a typeface about three times larger than that of regular books. Large print books may be borrowed by all patrons.
- FM Assistive Listening System
We have a personal FM Assisted Listening System for persons with hearing disabilities. The FM system provides personal hearing assistance when background noise or distance from the sound source makes hearing difficult.
You may reserve the FM system for use in our meeting rooms. Contact Ruth to book the equipment at least three days in advance.
Call Ruth at 705-445-1571 ext. 6224 to reserve.
- Computer Software
The Library has three accessible computer stations located on the second floor. JAWS and Zoomtext software magnify the content on the computer screen making applications easier to see and use. The software can also read information on the screen using synthesized speech. The computers have a white on black large print keyboard, trackball mouse or joystick you can use. Ask staff for the trackball mouse or joystick.
- SmartView 360 Video Magnifier
The SmartView 360 enables people with low-vision to magnify text and images up close and at a distance. Patrons can view text in a book or newspaper, and photographs. The camera can be used to help view a presentation screen.
You may reserve the SmartView 360 for use in our meeting rooms. Contact Ruth to book the equipment at least three days in advance.
Call Ruth at 705-445-1571 ext. 6224 to reserve.
- CNIB Library Partners Program
The Library is a member of the CNIB Library Partners Program which provides local library access to Canada’s largest collection of alternative format books and online resources for persons who have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical or learning disability.
We can request items for eligible customers from the CNIB Library for pick up at the Library. The loan period for these items is three months.
- DAISY Players, Talking Books and Magazines
The Library features a growing deposit collection of DAISY books and magazines. Magazines on DAISY include Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, Reader’s Digest and What’s New. The loan period for these items is two months. We also have Talking Books for adults, teens and children. To play DAISY discs you need a special DAISY machine or DAISY software on your computer.
The Library will lend a DAISY player for short period of time to patrons who want to try the device before buying their own equipment.
- CNIB/TD Summer Reading
Children with a visual or physical disability can have a free kit mailed to them from the CNIB to enable them to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club.
For more information on accessibility at the Library, please contact:
Coordinator, Accessibility and A/V
705-445-1571 ext. 6224
- Accessible Shuttle Service
The Town of Collingwood’s Accessible Shuttle Service is now run under a new operation contract by Sinton Transportation. Hours of service are: 8:00am - Midnight, seven (7) days a week. Beginning March 1st 2009, it will no longer be required to pre book the service from 6:00pm-Midnight. Rates will continue to run on a meter, as governed by the Town of Collingwood. Please see below for all details:
Service Hours: 7 Days a week: 8:00am – Midnight
Fare Rate: Metered
Service Area: Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, Clearview Township, Wasaga Beach.
All fares are to have a start or end destination in the Town of Collingwood.
SERVICE PHONE (705) 446-1196 (Follow Prompts for Shuttle Service)
For additional information please contact Kris Wiszniak at (705) 445-1292.
- Colltrans Public Transit busses are accessible for different levels of mobility.
Click on the following link for the route map and schedule: Transit Guide
- Accessibility considerations in Urban Design Standards
Visit the Planning Department’s Urban Design Standards Blog for further information on Planning for an Accessible Municipality.
Click on the following link to go there: Urban Design Standards
The Collingwood Public Library is fully accessible
- One reserved accessible parking spot
- Flush curb
- Automatic door opener
- Accessible washrooms on the first and second floor
- A wheelchair is available for use in the Library
- Accessible Waterfront
Sunset Point has been made more accessible with the construction of a ramp going to the water (near the old lifeguard station).
The Trails Pavilion at the Station is wheelchair accessible including widened sidewalks and accessibility to the Trails Map.
- Curling Club renovations
Curling Club renovations have been completed to include an elevator for access to the second floor reception room and power doors with accessible access.
- Accessible Barrier Complaint Policy
The Town of Collingwood has an Accessible Barrier Complaint Policy to address accessibility concerns within our community. Click on the following link for further information: Accessible Barrier Complaint Policy