The Toronto Association of BIAs (TABIA) along with the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), in partnership with the Ministry of Community and Social Services are developing resources to help small businesses increase their awareness of accessibility and to promote accessibility best practices in their businesses.
As part of this initiative, they are pleased to announce the Ontario Mainstreet Accessibility Awards 2006.
Deadline for nominations: October 13th, 2006
If you are aware of small businesses or communities that have shown leadership in improving accessibility through physical modifications or customer service – please encourage them to apply for the Award.
People with disabilities are a growing consumer market in Canada. Nationally people with disabilities account for an estimated $25 billion a year in consumer spending and influence the spending decisions of twelve to fifteen million other Canadians.
The “Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is new legislation that applies to hundreds of thousands of businesses in Ontario, as well as to community groups and public services. The AODA aims to remove many of the barriers people experience in public and commercial areas.
Additional booklets and Awards brochures can be obtained by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pdf versions can be downloaded from the TABIA website: www.toronto-bia.com – click on: Accessible Mainstreet