The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on December 3rd. It’s a day recognized by the United Nations to promote awareness, understanding, and support for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities worldwide. The day aims to foster inclusivity, celebrate the achievements and contributions of individuals with disabilities, and advocate for a more accessible and equitable society. There are usually various events, discussions, and initiatives organized globally to mark this day and address issues surrounding disability rights, accessibility, and inclusion.
Midland has partnered with the County of Simcoe’s Accessibility Advisory Committee to help us achieve better inclusivity through policy and action. As the birthplace of Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor, and champion of accessibility, David Onley, we strive to be leaders.
Accessibility is really about enabling people to achieve their full potential, and I think that’s something that all of us want for our children, our peers and our residents”Bill Gordon ~ Mayor
In 2013, Midland recognized Onley’s contributions by naming a park in his honour. The park, located in the Town’s core, symbolizes Onley’s advocacy for accessibility.
“What I think what David Onley would really want would be for our political leaders at Queen’s Park to commit to the reforms that he called for to achieve accessibility for his disability and all disabilities in this province. That is the best way to honour him,” noted David Lepofsky, volunteer chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.