Building Awareness and Working to Make Collingwood More Accessible with the AccessNow App

November 30, 2021
AccessNow App screenshot

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is recognized annually on December 3rd. Established in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly, International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an opportunity to increase awareness and support actions directed at promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The Town of Collingwood Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) is a dedicated group of volunteers, appointed by Council to provide input and guidance on accessibility. To make recommendations for improvements and to increase awareness.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee multi-year strategic plan sets a path for achieving its goal of being an inclusive multi-generational community by identifying, removing, and preventing barriers to accessibility through the goals of increasing the accessibility awareness and highlighting the importance of universal access for all people.

To support this work, the Accessibility Advisory Committee is collaborating with AccessNow, a platform that maps accessibility locally and globally. Using mapping technology, AccessNow empowers people to discover accessible places, make better decisions and remove barriers. 

With the AccessNow mobile app and web platform people can search for places in the community based on levels of accessibility considering features such as accessible parking and washrooms, service-animal friendly, automatic doors and more. 

Featuring over 260,000 locations in 34 countries around the world, AccessNow literally helps place Town of Collingwood facilities and businesses on the accessibility map. 

Whether it is a business, community-based organization, or public space, adding information onto the platform signals to the community the importance of accessibility. AccessNow is providing technology that helps build awareness and drive change.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee will be uploading accessibility information on Town facilities, including public spaces, and is encouraging the community to get involved. 

Accessibility is essential in building an equitable and inclusive community for all.

The platform is free and easy to use. To learn more, visit accessnow.com.

For more information:

Jennifer Parker
Coordinator, Community Well-being & Inclusion
Town of Collingwood
T. 705-441-6448 ext. 3260
jparker@collingwood.ca 

Christa Carter
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
Town of Collingwood
T. 705-445-1030 ext. 3274
ccarter@collingwood.ca