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January 2013

Going Somewhere? Check Out First!

January 22, 2013 | Margaret W. | Comments (1)

I frequently receive information from my colleagues about interesting articles or events related to accessibility. For example, a few days ago a fellow librarian pointed out a recent story in the Globe and Mail about Planat - a new website developed by the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Look up a venue on this site and you will see reviews of its accessibility, whether it be a restaurant, shop, accommodation or attraction. Reviews are for locations around the world.

Rating criteria include:                

  • Entrance
  • Venue Pathway
  • Main Function
  • Washrooms
  • Customer Service

You can choose to see reviews from a sight, mobility or hearing perspective, and you can filter by name of the venue, location, type and minimum rating. ´╗┐Planat currently lists over 17,000 locations.

Once you are registered, you can also post a review yourself. If you own or operate a venue, you can post the accessibility features of your location.

According to the website, reviews can be made and accessed through a desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry Torch and devices using Android 2.2 or above on the Opera Mobile browser.

Have a look at this interesting tool. Let us know what you think of it!

Look for more information on the Rick Hansen Foundation in future posts.

Also, you may want to have a look at the book Access Anything: I Can Do That!. It includes disability travel information and tips for travel by airplane, rental car, charter bus, cruise ship and plane.

Enjoy your trip! 


Accessibility At The Library: Call For Input

January 11, 2013 | Margaret W. | Comments (0)

Toronto Public Library is committed to providing accessible services for all residents including persons with disabilities.

To meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and its standards for customer service and integrated accessibility, TPL has updated a Policy with a statement of commitment and posted a Compliance Status Report.  Now we need your input!

You can submit comments on the draft Policy or accessibility in the Library in a number of ways:

  • By filling out the online survey
  • By calling the TTY at Answerline: 416-393-7030
  • By phoning Answerline: 416-393-7131

As well, you can speak to staff at your local branch about accessibility features and services.

Your input is vital to this process. Thank you for helping us continue to provide excellent service to all our users.

The Accessibility Services Blog provides information and updates on current and upcoming library trends, programs, collections, and services to existing and potential TPL customers with disabilities, along with their friends and family. The blog offers a forum through which library customers can interact with TPL and share feedback and ideas, and communicate with staff. Features of the blog include highlights on special collections and assistive technologies available through the library, opportunities to get involved, and staff recommendations for programs, books and other materials.