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Running an Accessible Campaign


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What types of disability challenges will candidates face during the Election period?

    Candidates will need to consider the needs of persons with disabilities that include, but are not limited to, deaf and hard of hearing; deaf-blind; blind or visually impaired; cognitive or mental; speech; mental illness; and mobility.

  • Why do extra measures need to be taken to reach out to persons with disabilities?

    Extra measures need to be taken to communicate to persons with disabilities because not all persons are able to access information that is widely used. This could mean the elector with the disability may not be able to read a newspaper article either in print or on the internet; the elector may not be able to visually see the TV ad or media advertising; the elector may not be able to hear the radio commercial; or the elector may not be able to understand the information presented.

  • What barriers currently exist between the disabled and the Election?

    Currently there are many opportunities for improving the involvement of the disabled and informing the disabled about candidates and election organizers.  Accessibility is an ongoing consideration, and ongoing efforts are being made to allow persons with disabilities the proper access to become involved with the Election

  • In what ways can candidates reach out to persons with disabilities?

    Candidates can visit group homes, old age homes, retirement homes, nursing homes and hospitals to inform the electors of their intentions while running for office.

    Candidates can utilize the services of a sign language interpreter and/or a deaf-blind intervener when appropriate.

    Written information, both on the internet and in hard copy, can be improved through the use of large print; colourful visuals; clear speech communication; and rephrasing when necessary.

    Alternate forms of communication can be used such as braille, large print, captioning, electronic text, audio format, descriptive video service (DVS), and sign language video format.

    A quiet meeting environment can also be helpful.

  • Are candidates running for Ward Councillor required to ensure persons with disabilities within their ward vote?

    No, it is not a requirement that candidates ensure any person, disabled or not, within their ward vote. However, it is in the candidate’s\ best interest to reach out to all electors, including the disabled, to inform them of the various voting methods, such as vote by mail, advance voting, and proxy voting.

  • What accessibility resources are available to assist candidates in reaching out to persons with disabilities?

    Candidates can utilize the following resources for assistance to reach out to those with disabilities

    • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (formerly Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario) – London Office

      111 Elias Street, Unit 3
      London ON N5W 5L1
      Phone: 519-433-2331
      Fax: 519-433-3987

     

    • CNIB – London Office

      749 Baseline Road
      London ON N6C 2R6
      Phone: 519-685-8420

     

    • Canadian Hearing Society – London Office

      181 Wellington Street
      London ON N6B 2K9
      TTY: 1-888-697-3613
      Phone: 519-667-3325
      Fax: 519-667-9668
      E-mail: info@chs.ca

     

    • Ontario March of Dimes – London Office

      920 Commissioners Road East
      London ON N5Z 3J1
      Phone: 519-642-3999
      Toll-free: 1-866-496-8603
      Fax: 519-642-7665

     

    • Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario – London-Middlesex Branch

      648 Huron Street
      London ON N5Y 4J8
      Phone: 519-434-9191
      Fax: 519-438-1167
      E-mail: Aleena@london.cmha.ca

     

    • Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

      College Park
      6th Floor, Suite 601A & Suite 601B
      777 Bay Street
      Toronto, ON M7A 2J4
      General Inquiry: 416-849-8276
      TTY: 416-326-0148
      Toll Free: 866-515-2025
      TTY Toll Free: 800-335-6611
      Web Site: www.ontario.ca/accesson