To the Accessibility Advisory Committee Working Group;
It has come to the attention of the County of Wellington’s Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee that many buildings; specifically in the downtown core of our member municipalities have not highlighted the stairs / steps or maintained previously highlighted stairs / steps.
As a best practice we recommend that stairs / steps which connect to exterior paths of travel be equipped with contrasted nosing’s or highlighted with a contrasting paint colour. This recommendation would assist our committee in creating and maintaining an accessible community.
There is specific information regarding Exterior Paths of Travel – Stairs and nosing’s in the Wellington Accessibility Partnership, Facility Accessibility Design Manual and / or Ontario Regulation 191/11 Integrated Accessibility Standards, Design of Public Spaces Standard.
Regarding the suggestions listed above to improve accessibility in the community; The Accessibility Advisory Committee would appreciate if the Working Group would share this letter of recommendation with the appropriate parties in their municipalities, local Chamber of Commerce and private sector business owners, as well as any other parties who would value this information.
The County of Wellington is an innovative, caring community, and is committed to being responsive to the needs of its citizens. We want the County to be a great place to call home for everyone who lives here. To do this, we recognize the diverse needs of our residents and respond by striving to provide services and facilities that are accessible to all.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cassandra Dal Bello County of Wellington HR Generalist – Health & Safety at 519.837.2600 x 2661.
The Wellington County Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee