The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – (COD-NL) is inviting the public to join in its Blue Zone Pass It On social media campaign.
The organization is asking businesses, media and anyone interested to notice blue zone spaces, what works, what doesn't work or ask questions about any concerns with the designated parking spots.
“The main reason for this campaign is to raise awareness of respect for accessibility for our citizens and tourists with disabilities," COD-NL president Michelle Murdoch said. "It is to celebrate good examples of Blue Zone spaces that work and to explain why some spaces are not as functional.”
She said COD-NL is asking businesses throughout the province to take a moment and look at their blue zone parking spaces and whether they meet the requirements of the Building Accessibility Code.
A designated mobility parking space is supposed to be no less than 3,9 metres wide and contain at least 1.5 metres of access aisle. Also, all buildings, subject to the Buildings Accessibility Regulations, must have permanently installed vertical signage and painted spaces, which must include the international symbol for accessibility. Companies that violate these signage requirements could face fines between $1,000 and $25,000.
“Spaces marked for persons with disabilities are not a special privilege, but it allows persons with mobility disabilities to participate in an active society which all want to be part of and we need respect for these spaces," said Kelly White, COD-NL executive director.
COD-NL also says, "If your Business has great blue zone parking, we are asking you to tweet it out with the #NLCODNL and #BlueZone send it to COD-NL and we will post on our Facebook page. Join us, you can make change happen."