Media Advisory - Strengthening the culture of accessibility

TORONTO, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - More than 1.8 million Ontarians, or 15.5% of the population, have a recognized disability. This means that people with disabilities are by far the largest minority group in Ontario. The most important barrier to overcome is the barrier of attitude - that's where the involvement of our schools holds the key to change and equality. As educators embrace the challenge of shifting attitudes towards disability, we will create the kind of change that is vitally needed.

Ms. Georgia Giannakakos and Ms. Aqilah Goraya have taken up the challenge and will lead their respective Grades 1 and 3/4 students through model lessons on accessibility awareness. This marks the official launch of The TeachAble Project.

The TeachAble Project - www.theteachableproject.org - represents a major school sector initiative, supported by the Ontario government, which brings the spirit of Ontario's accessibility legislation directly into classrooms and schools.

"Our shared commitment to accessibility is a valuable lesson to teach our children. We've partnered with the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and the Ontario Education Services Corporation through our EnAbling Change Program to promote accessibility standards. The TeachAble Project is a great way for teachers to be champions in helping students understand what accessibility is and the importance of accepting people of all abilities." -- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
   
Location: 
George Webster Elementary School
2 Cedarcrest Blvd., East York
   
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Additional Media Availability: The Teachable Project has been very fortunate to benefit from the participation of Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley. Although His Honour will not be attending the launch, he is available for media interviews. Contact: Thomas L. Connelly, Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (416) 325-7789 Mobile: (647) 409-2792

SOURCE: Ontario Public School Boards' Association

For further information:

T. J. Goertz
OPSBA Communications
416-340-2540, ext. 104
TGoertz@opsba.org