First ever Accessible Tourism Award goes to Easter Seals’ Access 2

Accessibility Award, Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence 2014 Winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First ever Accessible Tourism Award goes to Easter Seals’ Access 2

 

Easter Seals Canada’s Access 2 Program is the proud recipient of the first ever Accessible Tourism Award, part of the Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence and bestowed by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.

Recognizing the importance of accessible tourism, the Ontario Government’s EnAbling Change Project developed this accessibility award.

Easter Seals Canada’s Access 2 Program offers Canadians with disabilities either free admission or a significant discount for their support person at participating movie theatres and attractions across Canada.

According to a survey conducted by Easter Seals and Queen’s University, 86 percent of respondents said that the Access 2 card helped them get out more and be more active than before receiving it.

The award ceremony was held on November 13 at the Blue Mountain Resort, near Collingwood Ontario, and was part of the Ontario Tourism Summit.

“We are honoured that Access 2 was recognized with the Accessible Tourism Award,” says Brian Chan, National Programs Manager. “We were up against four well deserving finalists. Given that the Access 2 Program is about to celebrate its tenth anniversary, we have extra cause to celebrate!”

Easter Seals Canada will celebrate the ten year anniversary on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, by issuing the 60,000 Access 2 card.

The four other finalists for the Accessible Tourism Award included Blue Mountain, Tourism London, Niagara Parks Commission, and the Municipality of Kincardine, Kincardine Rotary Club.

 

Accepting Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Award for Accessible Tourism

Accepting Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Award for Accessible Tourism

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We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing funds to partially support the administration of The Access 2 Card Program.
The Access 2 Card is an Easter Seals Canada program.