International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

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Peterborough, ON – Mayor Diane Therrien has proclaimed Thursday, December 3, 2020 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Peterborough.

The day is intended to raise awareness of people who are living with disabilities and issues related to accessibility. This year’s theme is Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post COVID-19 World.

“Accessibility is important to Peterborough,” said Monaghan Ward Councillor Henry Clarke, who represents City Council on the Accessibility Advisory Committee. “International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a great reminder that all residents, regardless of their ability, should have equal access to all our community has to offer.”

Accessibility Advisory Committee

To recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities, members on the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee will be distributing recognition cards to businesses that have made noteworthy efforts to safely serve people with disabilities this year.

“People with disabilities have been greatly impacted by the isolation, disrupted routines and modified services that come with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Amanda Motyer, chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee. “Spreading awareness of disabilities is crucial as we continue through the pandemic.”

New online training module

The City of Peterborough launched a new online training module on curb ramps and depressed curbs on December 3, 2020 to recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Universal design such as curb ramps create a better experience for everyone, regardless of their ability. Curb ramps serve people with visible disabilities, such as people using mobility devices and people with invisible disabilities such as vision loss, as well as parents pushing strollers.

The new online module at will help property owners, consultants, contractors and developers to learn about how to make curb ramps and depressed curbs accessible for people with disabilities. Accessible walkways connect people of all abilities to their community. They provide an equal opportunity to explore, play, shop, and work.

This information is also on our City of Peterborough website at


For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Sharron Hayton, Customer Service Coordinator

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1868

Toll-Free: 1-855-738-3755 ext.1868