Stairs. Curbs. Lack of parking. Illegible signage. Negative attitudes. One in seven Canadians lives with a disability...

and faces barriers to accessing goods, services and employment. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) stipulates that by January 1, 2025 all businesses, buildings and services in Ontario must be fully accessible. To help local businesses evaluate how they can improve their accessibility, the Township of Uxbridge and the Business Improvement Area (BIA) are hosting an Accessibility + Business Event featuring a dynamic speaker from the Rick Hansen Foundation. The event will take place at 7:00 pm on March 1 at the Uxbridge Town Hall, 51 Toronto Street South.

“I cherish every challenge and all the opportunities that come with it,” says Meenu Sikand, Ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation, Accessibility Planning Specialist and international disability rights advocate. Meenu is passionate about creating fully-accessible, inclusive and welcoming communities that benefit everyone. Three decades ago, a spinal cord injury resulted in Meenu’s paraplegia. Since then, she has devoted herself to helping build a barrier-free Canada and has travelled extensively to raise awareness and promote equality for people with disabilities. Meenu is the founder and CEO of Accessibility for All.

For more information about the Accessibility + Business Event, please contact Catalina Blumenberg at  [email protected]