Accessibility & Inclusion Network

Building a community where we all can live, work, play and thrive.

Founded by Heads Up for Inclusion (HUI) and The Council for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) https://www.pcpd.ca/, The Accessibility and Inclusion Network is a network that seeks to increase accessibility and inclusion for persons with differing abilities in the Peterborough/Nogojiwanong region. 

Mission: Working together to create an accessible, inclusive community through meaningful participation and education.

Vision: A strong and inclusive community.

Brand Promise: Working together, and empowering others to create accessible communities where persons of all abilities have equitable opportunities.

“Our goal is to increase accessibility and inclusion"

for persons with differing abilities in the Peterborough/Nogojiwanong region through a collaborative effort.”
Young woman with short brown hair smiling for a portrait
Fenna green; hui Chair

What we do

Through collaboration, the Accessibility and Inclusion Network can serve and support the community more effectively through:

  • Increasing organizational capacity;
  • Broadening engagement and awareness in the community;
  • Maximizing impact by sharing expertise and resources;
  • Growing programming through cross-promotional opportunities; and,
  • Creating a path towards organizational and financial sustainability.

We can make a difference together.

Through working together over the years in support of each other’s efforts, HUI and CPD identified several areas where their missions and goals intersect. After gaining feedback from the community, and after thoughtful consideration, it was decided that the two organizations would come together in a collaboration to enhance their ongoing efforts. Together, the collaboration seeks to uphold the principles of accessibility, diversity, equity, inclusion, kindness, and respect

Various individuals walking down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement
Various individuals walking down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement
Individuals gathering at the first annual Abilities & Inclusion Movement Event. Heads Up for Inclusion banner leads the parade.

Looking to collaborate?

The Network seeks to promote and collaborate on events related to accessibility and inclusion within the Peterborough/Nogojiwanong region. If you are interested in working with the Accessibility and Inclusion Network on an event, have an idea in mind, or want us to help promote your event, please contact the Network! We invite community organizations and groups to share their events with us and go live on our platforms to discuss their work, mission, and upcoming events or initiatives!

Community Building Committee

We are seeking community members who are dedicated to fostering inclusion and building accessible communities and who have experience in community building and outreach to help us develop relationships and partnerships within the Peterborough/Nogojiwanong community. 

Navigating community supports and services can be difficult for people, especially as someone experiencing barriers or as a care giver. The Accessibility and Inclusion Network is seeking to build a network of service and support within our community to help ease that burden of navigation. 

If interested in learning how you can support AIN or to become an AIN committee member please contact AIN Coordinator Jenn MacDonald at jenn_macdonald@headsupforinclusion.ca.  

Image featuring the backs of adult individuals moving together down a street. One individual can be seen walking with a guide dog and another in a motorized wheelchair.
Various individuals walking and moving down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement

Abilities and Inclusion Movement

To conclude National Accessibility Week, the Accessibility and Inclusion Network is hosts the Abilities and Inclusion Movement, which is an annual event that brings awareness to the need for inclusion and accessibility. 

Launched in May 2019, AIM was created through the combined effort of Heads Up for Inclusion and Council for Persons with Disabilities in support of individuals of all abilities. The event encourages everyone from across our community to join us in a procession through downtown Peterborough, followed by a gathering with inclusive activities and a BBQ. Through this fun and engaging event, we are aiming Peterborough in the right direction and bringing our community together!

AIM 2021 has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Be sure to check out other events happening throughout National Accessibility Week happening May 31st – June 4th, 2021.

For Sponsors

As Heads Up for Inclusion is a non-profit who operates without core funding, we rely on the generous contributions from donors and sponsors to continue our mission. To make a donation to support the Network please select “The Accessibility and Inclusion Network Fund” on the donation form page.


If you are interested in helping us AIMing Peterborough in the right direction and want to sponsor the Accessibility and Inclusion Network or our AIM event please contact Jenn MacDonald our AIN Coordinator at jenn_macdonald@headsupforinclusion.ca

Various individuals walking down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement
Various individuals walking down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement
Various individuals walking down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement
Various individuals walking down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement

For Volunteers

We are looking for passionate volunteers to help us with our AIN!

Join our Community Building Committee to help AIN foster relationships with the greater Peterborough/Nogojiwanong community. Applications are currently open for 2021.

Volunteer for our Abilities and Inclusion Event:
– Set up / take down
– Running activities
– Assisting with food and refreshments
– Registration *AIM postponed until 2022.

 

For community organizations

– Are you a community organization that has services related to accessibility and inclusion?

– Do you have any events or new programs/initiative that you are looking to share? Contact AIN today to share about your program through our Network!

Join our AIM Event:
Have a vendor table at our event to promote your services to the community. Vendor space is $20 each, no table included. Contact us to book a space! *Space is limited.

Various individuals walking down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement
Various individuals walking down George Street in Peterborough for the first Annual Abilities and Inclusion Movement