Region of Peel to do away with its Passenger Assist Program

Peel Regional Council is looking to end the Passenger Assist program by January, 2017.   A Peel Region official says that the Region will be phasing out its Passenger Assist program because it is incompatible with a transit service.

The Passenger Assist Program has been operating under the Region’s TransHelp service since 2009 and provides service to approximately 120 Peel citizens.   It is no longer adding new riders or routes and will be phased out by January 2017.

Although Transhelp will be broadening it eligibility criteria to include persons with a cognitive disability in order to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Region says that it still plans to end the program.   The official says the issue of Peel citizens who require attendant care is one that caregivers and social service providers will need to work with us on but the fact is that the future eligibility framework does not require Peel Region to provide such attendant care for individuals needing it.

If you or your family member will be impacted by this decision you may wish to contact your regional councillor for more information.


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Jeffrey, Linda Mayor

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U.N. Message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities


U N I T E D   N A T I O N S                     N A T I O N S   U N I E S


                                                                                                                       The Secretary – General

 MESSAGE ON The International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2015

We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”.

 Building a sustainable, inclusive world for all requires the full engagement of people of all abilities.  The 2030 Agenda includes many issues of concern to persons with disabilities and we must work together to transform these commitments into action.

 Earlier this year, the United Nations Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction recognised the key role people with disabilities can play in promoting a more universally accessible approach in disaster preparedness and response.  Next year, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will discuss a new urban development agenda to make our cities inclusive, accessible and sustainable. The voices of persons with disabilities will be critical to this process

 As we look ahead, we need to strengthen development policies and practices to ensure that accessibility is part of inclusive and sustainable development.  This requires improving our knowledge of the challenges facing all persons with disabilities – including through more robust, disaggregated data — and ensuring that they are empowered to create and use opportunities.

 Together with persons with disabilities, we can move our world forward by leaving
no one behind.