The Province passed the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001(ODA) in December 2001 to ensure that persons with disabilities have improved opportunities and provides for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in life.
Under the ODA, municipalities with a population of 10,000 or more are required to have a municipal accessibility advisory committee and all municipalities are required to develop annual accessibility plans and make them public.
The legislation allows for the formation of joint committees serving more than one entity. The County of Lennox and Addington is part of a single joint accessibility advisory committee with the four lower-tier municipalities and the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital.
The mandate of the Committee is to advise the Councils of the partner municipalities and Hospital Board on the preparation and implementation of annual accessibility plans. These accessibility plans are meant to remove barriers for people with disabilities and ensure no new barriers are created.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) was proclaimed in 2005 and applies to both the public and private sector. This legislation does not replace the ODA, but it is likely that the Ontarians with Disabilities Act will be repealed in whole or part within the next few years.
New Assistive Technology Announced - Media Release October 1, 2010
Zoomtext Software and Keyboards - now available in County Libraries!
Please note: The County's Emergency Response Plan is available in accessible formats, upon request. For more information please contact: