Lieutenant Governor to present accessibility symbol redesign awards in company of The Countess of Wessex

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For immediate release. October 30, 2013

Lieutenant Governor to present accessibility symbol redesign awards in company of The Countess of Wessex
TORONTO—On Friday, November 1, in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will join with OCAD University president Dr. Sara Diamond to honour the finalists of the Reimagining Accessibility international student design challenge.
Forty-five years after the introduction of the International Symbol of Access in 1968, the contest aimed to replace or augment the familiar wheelchair sign with a symbol inventory emphasizing the multifaceted reality of disability. This competition has had a practical purpose given that only a fraction of persons with disabilities in Ontario use a wheelchair or electric scooter for mobility purposes. A jury comprised of accessibility advocates and experts in the fields of inclusive and graphic design has selected two designs to be awarded honourable mentions. This event takes place as Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex carry out a working visit in Toronto to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This is the 35th visit to Canada by the Earl and the 11th by the Countess.

Beginning at 2.55pm EDT, this event will be broadcasted live online: A link to closed captions (English) will be made available nearer to the event. Photo opportunity Who: Hon. David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor HRH The Countess of Wessex Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD U Honourable mention design teams Design contest awards presentation ceremony Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Queen’s Park, Toronto Friday, November 1, 2013 at 3pm Media are asked to arrive at the west entrance of Queen’s Park by 2.45pm. Follow LGDavidOnley on Facebook and Twitter Contact: Mr. Tom Connelly, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 416-325-7781

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