To mark the Semaine québécoise des personnes handicapées, the city of Pointe Claire improves public facilities.
“We constantly strive to improve accessibility at all of our facilities in order to provide adapted access to our buildings and amenities for everyone to take full advantage of the activities we offer. I also encourage residents to share these values of inclusion and respect, which our community holds dear,” stated Pointe Claire Mayor, John Belvedere.
As part of the city’s vision to continually improve access, a second access ramp at the north entrance of city hall last year, complete with an automatic door-opening system for easier use, as well as new accessible restrooms. Signs at city hall and the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre were also updated to include Braille.
At the Aquatic Centre, the locker rooms were renovated to install a new handrail, making it safer to move between the locker rooms and the fitness rooms. A lift is also available for users to get in and out of the pool easily.
City employees were given targeted training in order to better assist residents who have specific needs.
Finally, in order to allow all children to take part in as many activities as possible, the City purchased an accessible bicycle to give all children a chance to travel together during Teen Camp activities.
An activity booklet was also created to teach children about inclusion and respecting differences. This booklet will once again be available this year at summer festivities and certain day camp activities.
“These actions help us offer an even more accessible environment and improve the everyday lives of people living with a disability,” said Mayor Belvedere in conclusion.