15th Annual AccessAbility Day launches Key2Access

Accessibility Day 2018

On Thursday, May 31st, I had the sincere pleasure in my capacity as the Councillor Liaison for the Accessibility Advisory Board to join Mayor Jim Watson and my Councillor colleagues to launch Key2Access and proclaim May 31, 2018 AccessAbility Day in Ottawa during the City’s 15th annual AccessAbility Day celebrations at City Hall.


Key2Access, a location-based app, will provide users with information about where they are in City Hall and ultimately help residents better understand the space they’re in. The app works by signaling beacons located throughout City Hall. The beacons provide details about where users are located in the building, including mentioning any nearby amenities such as restrooms and elevators, allowing residents to navigate City Hall more independently. The tool can assist all people and particularly helps those who are blind or partially sighted.


The app is available for download for free via the Apple store or Google Play.


The City’s AccessAbility Day celebrations focused on a healthy body and mind and featured Canadian Paralympians, Tyrone Henry and Todd Nicholson, discussing how they maintain optimal mental and physical health.


The event was organized in partnership with Ottawa Public Health and took place during National AccessAbility Week  which runs until Saturday June 2, 2018.


Thank you all of the partners who participated in the day; Crime Prevention Ottawa, Citizen Advocacy, Ottawa Public Health, OC Transpo, Ottawa Paramedics, City Planning Department, and the Ottawa Public Library.


Special thanks to Lucille Berlinguette-Samure, Corporate Accessibility Specialist and her team for organizing the 15th annual AccessAbility Day at City Hall.