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Ensuring all people are treated with respect, with equitable access and opportunity to participate to the fullest extent in the city.
The City of Edmonton is creating an updated corporate accessibility policy.
The updated policy will guide development and implementation of City policies and civic engagement, programs and services, communications and technology, employee services and infrastructure (facilities, open spaces and transportation) to ensure full consideration of individual's needs and diverse abilities.
Accessibility is fundamental to the quality of life, well-being and engagement of individuals in the social, economic, cultural, spiritual and political aspects of society.
The City of Edmonton Accessibility for People with Disabilities Policy is intended to ensure all people are treated with respect, and have equitable access and opportunity to participate to the fullest extent in the city.
The policy development will review, integrate and update City policies related to accessibility to guide achieving the highest standards in accessibility for Edmontonians.
The draft Accessibility for People with Disabilities Policy is now available for public viewing.
Policy to City Council for approval
What We Heard and Did (round 2)
Policy Refinement (final)
Public Engagement - Advise on Policy
Key Stakeholder Engagement on Policy (first draft)
What We Heard and Did (round 1)
Policy Refinement (second draft)
Best Practice Research and Policy Development (first draft)
The updated Accessibility for People with Disabilities Policy, reflecting current best practices and research, will replace the existing policies that address accessibility and integration of people with disabilities:
Combining these policies into one all-encompassing policy will support ensuring all people are treated with respect, and have equitable access and opportunities to participate to the fullest in City policies and civic engagement, programs and services, communications and technology, employee services and infrastructure (facilities, open spaces and transportation).
The policy update is guided by a number of drivers including:
The City of Edmonton’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy C538 was approved by City Council in 2008. It is currently under review for an update and will remain a separate policy from the Accessibility for People with Disabilities Policy.
Words can often have differing interpretations. For this policy work, the City has adopted the following definitions to create a common understanding:
Accessibility — a concept integral to human rights that refers to the absence of barriers that prevent individuals and/or groups from fully participating in all social, economic, cultural, spiritual and political aspects of society. The term is often linked to people with disabilities and their rights to access. It also refers to universal design characteristics of products, devices, information, programs, services and infrastructure that enable independent use or support when required, and access by people with a variety of disabilities.
Disability — a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, communication or sensory impairment or functional limitation, whether permanent, temporary or episodic in nature, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders a person’s full and equitable participation in society (proposed Accessible Canada Act, Government of Canada).
Yes, there are 2 existing policies related to accessibility:
The new policy builds on these outdated policies and is expanded to include technology, information, communication, transportation, recreation, open spaces, civic engagement, programs and services.
All Edmontonians, visitors and City employees will be impacted. City policies are intended to guide all plans and decisions that impact the public.
Approval of the policy will kick-start a review of existing City programs and services that will guide next steps. Like most changes, it will take time.
The policy will be approved by City Council (anticipated for end of 2019).
The City has been working with various external groups representing different abilities, including the Accessibility Advisory Committee, in preparation of the draft policy.
Everyone is invited to participate in the public engagement opportunities beginning in February 2019. Feedback gathered will help to refine the policy.