Originally Published in the August 1991 issue of The Outfitter Magazine.
Persons with disabilities will benefit from a new provincial government program aimed at educating the tourism and recreation industries on changing attitudes and improving access.
Ontario Minister of Tourism and Recreation, Peter North, announced the multi-faceted OPEN FOR BUSINESS program recently.
“Our ministry is committed to making more tourism and recreation services and facilities available to persons with disabilities, so they can participate in more leisure activities,” Mr. North said. “We have worked closely with various groups representing people with disabilities to gain their input for the OPEN FOR BUSINESS program. We have also incorporated the latest national and Ontario guidelines on accessibility features.”
The program will assist operators in removing physical and attitudinal barriers that limit persons with disabilities from pursuing recreation and tourist opportunities.
The program consists of a kit with a 20 minute video and leader’s guide entitled “All Ways Welcome”, a barrier-free workbook.
The kit also contains an access survey for tourism operators to complete, outlining their facilities’ public accessibility features. The surveys will be sent to the Ministry’s marketing division and the information provided used in its publications and on the 1-800-ONTARIO travel information line.
The program will be available to tourism and recreation facility managers from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation’s regional staff. (Last three pieces courtesy of “Near North News Update”, May 24th, 1991)