Accessibility committee suggestions for Oshawa’s group college enlargement challenge

The city of Oshawa and the Durham District School Board presented a plan to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee (OAAC) to expand Mary Street Community School by adding a storey to the existing building.

To help students with mobility challenges navigate a new school expansion, OAAC has a wish list of items it wants to be included at the school.

The foremost is to use concrete for travel paths instead of brick pavers, with a clear route to an accessible entrance.

The committee also asked to provide details on the site plan for stair tactile walking surface indicators and to design the accessible parking spaces in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

It required details on curb ramps/depressed curbs, handrails, and rest stops in the relocated playscape area.

To guide users to the accessible parking and entrances, OAAC asked the presenters to include directional signage on the site plan.

It also asked about the tactile walking surface indicators on the external path of travel where there are curb ramps and depressed curbs.

The committee advised adding wave-type openers to the main entrances and ensuring that the doors/vestibules at secondary entrances are accessible and include the wave-type openers.

Moreover, OAAC wants the city staff and school board to ensure all the given benches are accessible and designed as per AODA.

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