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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen conducts accessibility survey

Summerland Review - 5/30/2024

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has launched a survey to coincide with National AccessAbility Week.

The week, from May 26 to June 1, is dedicated to promoting inclusion and accessibility, while also celebrating the people in the disability community who work to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility.

"The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen recognizes the important contributions and leadership of people with disabilities in Canada," said Mark Pendergraft, chair of the regional district board. "This includes ongoing efforts to make communities more accessible and inclusive."

The regional district has established an internal Accessibility Advisory Committee. The committee is gathering feedback and has launched an accessibility survey to help develop a regional accessibility plan.

The survey is available online at Paper copies are available at the regional district's main office, 101 Martin St., Penticton or at the Okanagan Falls Community Services office, 1109 Willow St., Okanagan Falls. Paper copies can also be mailed upon request.

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and is open until Friday, June 21.

The regional district has taken steps to improve accessibility at several parks in Naramata, West Bench and Kaleden. The improvements include installing asphalt pathways and parking improvements, constructing pathways to increase accessibility and providing wider pathways and wheelchair-accessible picnic tables.

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