Statement by Minister Milloy on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Today, John Milloy, Minister of Community and Social Services, issued the following statement to commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
"Every December 3, the United Nations marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities to help build understanding and awareness of disability issues around the world. This is an opportunity for all of us to think about what we can do to make our communities more accessible, inclusive and better places to live.
The United Nations estimates that more than one billion of the world's population have a disability. Here in Ontario, that's one in seven of us -- or 1.85 million people. As our population ages, this number will rise. Creating a province where every person who lives or visits can participate fully makes sense -- for our people, our businesses and our communities.
The theme of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities is removing barriers to create an inclusive society. This is at the heart of our plan to make Ontario accessible to everyone. Our groundbreaking accessibility laws aim to remove barriers in daily activities -- like shopping, going to work, browsing the web, taking the bus or going for a walk through a park.
Our proactive approach has made Ontario one of the world's accessibility leaders. Four of our standards have been made into law: customer service, information and communication, employment and transportation. We're finalizing a fifth standard to make our public spaces and built environment accessible to all Ontarians.
We should be proud of what we've accomplished, together, so far. With the support of champions in our communities and organizations throughout the province, we look forward to continuing work to make our goal of an accessible Ontario a reality."