As someone with a disability, you are probably aware that there are numerous rules for handicap/disability accessibility in Canada. For example, there are handicap and disability accessibility-related rules for schools and public buildings, hotels and restaurants. These rules were put in place for your benefit. Are you aware of these rules?
What are handicap/disability rules for accessibility?
Accessibility rules are guidelines set forth to ensure people with a disability or handicap are able to access a place. For example, rules for accessibility applied to an elementary school are set forth so that all students can access the school building. Likewise, accessibility rules applied to a restroom would guarantee that someone with a disability or handicap could access that restroom.
Have you ever needed to access a place that you were unable to due to your disability? How did that make you feel?
This happens far too often, especially when it comes to places of residence. It can be difficult for people with a handicap or disability to find a place to live that is accessible. It is usually even more difficult for them to pay for such a place. In this way, not being able to pay for a proper residential space is a barrier to accessibility in and of itself.
Are you up-to-date on accessibility rules in Canada?
If not, you have come to the right place! This week Disability Living is taking a journey through Canada’s handicap/disability rules for accessibility. We will look at accessibility-related building codes, parking lot specifications, automobile accessibility, and more.
We will also look at the ugly face of discrimination against disability via not abiding by accessibility rules. Sadly, some businesses still discriminate in this way. Last, Disability Living will review rules for obtaining handicap parking spaces and a driver’s license as someone with a disability.
You deserve to be informed about handicap and disability accessibility rules.
Why? Because they exist for your good. It’s also important to be aware of these rules to make sure they are being followed. Join us this week as we uncover rules and regulations that were created to give you access to your world.
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Let’s Talk About It
Should every building in Canada (religious institutions, etc) be required to be handicap/disability accessible? Why or why not?
Do you feel that rules for accessibility are followed and honored in Canada? Why or why not?