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TTC marks the International Day for People with Disabilities,
December 3

The TTC, the City of Toronto and other agencies are celebrating the International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday, December 3 with art shows, poetry and, especially, information on disability services in general and accessible transit services.

The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Avenue, between Birchmount and Kingston Roads.

The TTC is operating Wheel-Trans shuttle service to and from the event.

Buses leave Main Street Station starting at 8:30 a.m. and then at 8:45, 9, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. In the afternoon buses operate from Variety Village to Main Street Station starting at 1:30 p.m. and then at 1:45, 2, 2:15 and 2:30 p.m.

If the elevators at Main Street Station are unavailable or not working, the shuttle service will operate between Kennedy Station and Variety Village.

If you would like to attend, please let the event organizers know, so that they can reserve you a space. You can phone them at: 416-338-4765 or by TTY: 416-338-0889 or e-mail

The organizers will provide attendant services and captioning.

Each year, Toronto Mayor David Miller proclaims the day to support the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The United Nations established this annual observance so that people with disabilities may enjoy full and equal human rights and participate in society.

Each year at this event, the City and its agencies honour unsung heroes among the many people with disabilities who live in Toronto. Each year, the City invites people to submit their poem about any aspect of disability. This year, artists also have an opportunity for artists to display their work.

Wheel-Trans uses accessible buses (or contracts with taxi companies to use accessible and sedan cabs) to provide door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with physical disabilities.

Ninety percent of the TTC’s bus routes — 151 of 167 routes — are now accessible.

Low-floor, kneeling buses with lifts or flip-ramps serve the routes. Blue lights on either side of the front destination sign help you identify these buses. The buses also display the blue international wheelchair symbol above the front right bumper next to the entrance door.

All fully accessible buses include two wheelchair / scooter positions. The TTC now has more than 1,400 accessible buses in its fleet.

You can see a map of accessible TTC bus routes here. (.pdf)

The TTC has also installed elevators in 31 rapid transit stations.

From the Transit Toronto archives:

You can read Transit Toronto’s history of accessible transit on the TTC by Godfrey Mallion here.

You can read Transit Toronto’s history of the TTC’s (accessible) community bus routes by Godfrey Mallion and James Bow here.