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The Town of Yarmouth is looking to form an accessibility committee to explore and consult on issues in the town.
The Town of Yarmouth is looking to form an accessibility committee to explore and consult on issues in the town. - Tina Comeau

YARMOUTH, N.S. – The terms of reference for a policy that will guide an accessibility committee in the town of Yarmouth will be forwarded to Yarmouth Town Council’s August meeting for approval.

A draft of the terms of reference for an Advisory Committee on Accessibility was brought forward to a committee of the whole meeting last week.

The purpose of the policy is to establish the terms of reference under which the committee will advise the town on the impact of municipal policies, programs and services on people with disabilities.

The policy spells out that duties of the committee will be to advise council on the following:

• review and monitor existing and proposed Town by-laws to promote full participation of persons with disabilities;

• identify and advise on the accessibility of existing and proposed municipal services and facilities;

• advise and make recommendations about strategies designed to achieve the objectives of the committee;

• receive and review information directed to it by council and its committees, and to make recommendations as requested;

• advise council on disability issues that may have an impact on the budget planning process through the committee of the whole budget process.

The committee would also host community consultations related to accessibility in the town, as well as an annual town hall meeting, and report to the committee of the whole on the issues identified through such community consultations.

The draft terms of reference policy calls on the committee to be comprised of up to 11 members as follows:

• six persons with disabilities;

• two community members, including parents and advocates;

• up to three members of council.

The terms of reference says the committee shall elect annually a chair and vice-chair from among the eight members of the committee who are not councillors.

The committee would also meet no less than six times per year, or otherwise as required to fulfill the duties as outlined.

During recent discussions around the council table, one thing council has talked about having the committee do is review where the disability parking spaces are in the town to determine if they are in the most optimal locations and if not, where the locations should be.

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