Peterborough Council For Persons With Disabilities
The Peterborough Council For Persons With Disabilities was established in 1989. The Council for Persons with Disabilities is a registered not-for-profit community organization, incorporated in Ontario, and appointed in 2002 as per the Ontario Disabilities Act (ODA) legislation.
The goal of the Peterborough Council For Persons With Disabilities is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities in the Peterborough area, by promoting equal opportunities in all aspects of life.
Some Facts on Disability
More than 3.6 million Canadians have one or more disabilities. That translates into 1 in every 8 Canadians. Statistics Canada defines disability as "persons with disabilities are those who have a physical, mental or health condition that reduces the kind or amount of activities they can do."
Disabilities can range from sight, hearing, mobility, intellectual, mental health, and "invisible" disabilities such as heart and pulmonary conditions.
There are more people with disabilities living at home than there were 20 years ago, when many people with disabilities were "institutionalized".
As our population ages and the number of people with disabilities increases, we need to look at ways to make our communities universally accessible.