Overview: Accessibility Advisory Committee

Many individuals and organizations contribute their expertise to the Canadian Transportation Agency's work removing undue obstacles to persons with disabilities from the federal transportation system.

They are members of the Agency's Accessibility Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from the community of persons with disabilities, the transportation industry, the federal government and other interested parties.

Agency vice-chair Sam Barone underlined their important contribution to the development of the Agency's accessibility resource tools and codes of practice in a speech welcoming committee members to their 15th meeting on October 17 in Gatineau.

"Feedback and advice that you provide during face-to-face meetings like these or by writing, are an essential contribution in the development of these resource tools," he said.

Barone cited the Agency's new user-friendly website, new accessibility standards  with a code of practice to increase accessibility at smaller air terminals, as well as resource tools for accessible transportation complaints and on travelling with an attendant, a mobility aid, or a service animal.

Agency presentations included accessibility features on its new website, the online forum for consultations with the Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Agency's Accessibility for All training material.

In addition to presentations from the Agency, the National Research Council, Real Time Engineering and an advisor of the panel on the Canada Transportation Act review, the meeting provided a roundtable for members to discuss an array of issues related to accessibility in the federal transportation system.

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