It’s time for Brampton residents to shine a light on those in our community who demonstrate a commitment to accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Nominations are now open for the City of Brampton’s 2021 Accessibility Awards.
“Brampton is a Mosaic, and the City is dedicated to identifying opportunities to increase accessibility and a sense of belonging for all in our diverse community,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said of the civic recognition program that recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge those working to make our city inclusive for all,” the mayor added.
Working together can make Brampton more accessible for people of all abilities.
“At the City, we are dedicated to ensuring people of all ages and abilities enjoy the same opportunities in Brampton and are building accessible spaces for people of all abilities,” said David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer.
Nominations will be evaluated and based on achievements and contributions made in the following areas:
– Preventing and removing barriers – the nature of the barrier may be attitudinal, communicative, physical, programmatic, social, or related to transportation or policy.
– Accommodating persons with disabilities – an accommodation may involve the modification of a space, schedule or task that enables someone to participate in the community.
– Acting as an accessibility ambassador or champion – promoting accessibility awareness within the community.
– Providing employment support for persons with disabilities – creating opportunities to participate in the work environment.
– Providing exemplary accessible customer service – taking time to understand the customer’s request and offer an appropriate solution.
– Providing assistance for independent living – assisting with skills training and support.
The awards program has been updated to include self-nominations, which is new this year. To be eligible for an award, nominees must be a resident of Brampton, a community or non-profit organization operating in the city, or a business owner in Brampton. The nominees’ achievements and contributions must benefit the local community.
Nominations will be accepted until March 31 and the awards will be presented this spring. For more information and the online nomination form, residents can visit www.brampton.ca.