Brampton working to make Halloween more accessible this year

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Published October 29, 2021 at 10:58 am

The City of Brampton is working to make Halloween more accessible this year.

Recently, City Council amended a by-law that prohibits displaying lawn signs. This year, residents will be able to display Treat Accessibly signs on their lawn, which will let other residents know children with disabilities can still experience Halloween without barriers at these homes.

“We’re trying to promote a barrier-free Halloween, so for households that can offer assistance where there’s accessibility issues, we’ll have special signs available so those families with children with accessibility issues will know where they can trick-or-treat safely,” Mayor Patrick Brown said during a press conference.

Treat Accessibility was founded by Richard Padulo, a member of the Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, and his daughter Siena.

The organization was founded to make Halloween more inclusive for children living with disabilities that may impede their ability to participate in the holiday.

Those who are able to, are encouraged to move trick-or-treat stations to the end of their rather than their front door, which frequently has stairs, in order to make them more accessible.

“Brampton is a Mosaic, and the City of Brampton is dedicated to identifying opportunities to increase accessibility and a strong sense of belonging for all across its diverse community,” reads a statement from the City.

Treat Accessibility signs are available for free at local RE/MAX offices, and residents can also access templates online to print at home.

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