The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 was originally passed on December 14, 2001. The purpose of the ODA was to improve opportunities for people with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the province.
In enacting this legislation, the Government of Ontario also identified a Framework for Change that is founded on a vision of the kind of province it wishes to achieve. The Vision Statement reaffirms a strong commitment to building an inclusive Ontario for persons with disabilities. In implementing this vision, the government and its partners in all sectors will embark on a journey of continuous improvement, moving steadily towards the ideal of full citizenship for all Ontarians.
Ontario’s Framework for Change directly affected four key sectors: the Ontario Public Service; municipalities; the broader public sector; and the private sector. Each has a role to play in helping Ontario realize its vision for persons with disabilities.
In 2005, the Province of Ontario enacted new, successor legisltation to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act: the Accessbility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
The Town of Lincoln is committed to doing its part to make Lincoln an accessible community.
The Town of Lincoln has:
- Established a joint accessibility advisory committee, with a majority of the members being people with disabilities;
- Prepared annual accessibility plans, made them public, and consulted with people with disabilities in preparing the plans;
- Committed to improving access to municipal elections by giving greater consideration to accessible voting locations and to go to electors if necessary to enable them to vote;
- Enforced new penalties for counterfeiting and misuse of Disabled Person Parking Permits including increasing the minimal penalty for misuse of designated parking under municipal by-laws to $300.00.
Additional information can be obtained at the Province’s Accessibility Website: http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/index.aspx
Town of Lincoln’s Commitment to Accessibility
The Corporation of the Town of Lincoln is committed to providing a barrier-free environment for our residents, job applicants, suppliers, visitors, and other stakeholders, who enter our premises, access our information, or use our services.
Alternate formats for Town forms and documents are available upon request, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs in a timely fashion.
To access Town Services via a TTY - Bell Relay Service:
1-800-855-0511 (Voice to TTY) or 711 (TTY to Voice)
TTY - Bell Relay Service
The Bell Relay Service allows deaf, deafened, people with hearing loss, and people with speech disabilities to communicate by phone. Professionally trained operators act as intermediaries to facilitate the call.
All calls are strictly confidential and the service is free.
1. Dial 1-800-855-0511 (Voice to TTY) or 711 (TTY to Voice).
2. Give the operator your name, area code and telephone number.
3. Then give the Town of Lincoln area code and telephone number (905-563-8205).
4. The operator will place the call and tell you to go ahead when Town staff answer. The operator will have to relay the information, so please speak slowly.
Should you require any accommodations for a disability in order to make a delegation to Council or speak at a public meeting, please contact the Clerk's Department in advance so arrangements can be made prior to the meeting.