The full-fledged participation of individuals with disabilities in Québec society depends on the efforts made by municipalities to reduce, prevent and avoid disabling situations, among other factors.
Municipalities strive to provide high-quality services and make environments accessible to handicapped people, just as they do for all citizens.
When obstacles prevent people with disabilities from engaging in their regular activities or limit their ability to do so, they are confronted with a disabling situation. That’s why services must be planned and provided in such a way as to facilitate the social participation of people with disabilities, which means enabling them to engage in the full range of day-to-day activities.
The Town of Pincourt is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all its citizens by minimizing the barriers faced by people with disabilities and facilitating access to municipal buildings and activities.
Since 2004, the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration has made municipalities responsible for taking certain steps to improve the social participation of people with disabilities.
To ensure municipalities continue their efforts to that end, they have been assigned very specific responsibilities. Under the Act, cities and towns must produce an annual action plan regarding people with disabilities.
The Act seeks to ensure that handicapped people are able to exercise their rights and to promote their integration into society as full-fledged citizens.
Social Development Policy
In its Social Development Policy adopted in 2013, the Town indicated its desire to enhance the quality of life of all its citizens.
In addition, the new 2017-2019 action plan associated with the same policy calls for expanding services to citizens with disabilities.
According to provincial law:
Handicapped person” means a person with a deficiency causing a significant and persistent disability, who is liable to encounter barriers in performing everyday activities.”
Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration, s. 1.
There are several different kinds of disabilities:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Mental health
The Action Plan regarding People with Disabilities is a series of measures planned by the Town to provide tangible solutions to the obstacles experienced by people with impairments.
The goal of this first action plan is to lay the foundations for a well-informed and coordinated long-term strategy to meet the most pressing needs of the individuals in question.
The measures set out in the plan are designed to make the Town’s services and infrastructure more accessible.
Click on the image to see the complete action plan.
Summary of measures
Installation of an automatic door in the Town Hall Completed Installation of an adapted bathroom in the Town Hall Completed Revision of the Town’s purchasing policy to reflect universal accessibility issues Upcoming
Creation of a directory of individuals with disabilities to facilitate responses in the event of emergencies
Review of the policy on integrating handicapped children in the day camp and childcare service
Addition of parking spots for people with disabilities
Addition of toilets in parks for people with disabilities
Lowering of park sidewalks
Review of municipal by-laws to encourage implementation of universal accessibility measures at town businesses (compliance with reserved parking spaces for people with disabilities)