Accessibility

Accessibility planning takes place throughout the year and works to ensure that the activities of Pride Toronto do not exclude any person due to unnecessary barriers with visible or non-visible disabilities.  Click here for some helpful information about inclusion and accessibility best practises.

2017 Pride Guide in American Sign Language (ASL)

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Info Video

Accessibility Services Hub

The Accessibility Services Hub is located at the corner of Gloucester and Church Streets, and is open at the following dates and times:

  • Friday, June 23: 6pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, June 24: 10am to 10pm
  • Sunday, June 25: 10am to 10pm

The Hub is a social and information centre where you can obtain water, enjoy shaded seating, and use accessible all-gender washrooms.  The Hub is also where you can access the following services:

  • Wheelchair/walker lending
  • ASL services
  • Pride Guide and Maps in Alternative formats
  • Mobility Assistants
  • Water and shade for service animals

For the first time ever, we will have students from Oxford Learning Centres offering free massages at the Hub!

 

Accessibility Viewing Areas and Entertainment Stands

During the Trans* and Dyke Marches as well as the Pride Parade, raised accessible viewing stands will be available along the parade and march routes. An at grade accessible viewing area is available for those who are blind or low vision.  The locations for the accessible viewing areas are:

TRANS* MARCH – June 23

Isabella St. (east side of Yonge St.)

Wood St. (east side of Yonge St.) – street-level seating

DYKE MARCH – June 24

St. Mary St. (west side of Yonge St.)

Isabella St. (east side of Yonge St.)

Wood St. (east side of Yonge St.) – street level seating

PRIDE PARADE – June 25

St. Mary St. (west side of Yonge St.)

Isabella St. (east side of Yonge St.)

St. Joseph St. (west side of Yonge St.)

Wood St. (east side of Yonge St.) – street level seating

Elm St. (west side of Yonge St.)

Edward St. (west side of Yonge St.)

**Please note: the accessibility viewing stands originally planned for the Dyke March and Parade at Maitland and Yonge Sts. is no longer available due to construction** 

Our largest entertainment stages have raised accessible viewing stands and/or viewing areas available. Each of these areas is shaded from the sun, has seating, viewing area/stand hosts to assist you, as well as water and an accessible washroom. Companions are also welcome. The stands and viewing areas are non-smoking and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that people arrive early for performances and/or to watch the Trans* March, Dyke March and/or Parade, as seating and access is limited.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting Services

ASL interpreters will be at the Accessibility Services Hub during regular hours of operation, at our new Deaf Space at Norman Jewison Parkette and interpreting certain staged events. Please visit the Accessibility Services Hub and our Pride Month webpage for a complete list of ASL interpreted events.

Services for Blind and Low Vision Visitors

An audio version of the 2017 Pride Guide will be available online and on CD leading up to the festival in June.

We are happy to also offer the following:

  • Braille companion to the Pride Guide available at the Accessibility Services Hub and every Welcome Centre.
  • Tactile maps available at the Accessibility Services Hub and every Welcome Centre.
  • Shade and water for working animals.

For more information, please contact the Accessibility Team at [email protected].

Live Audio Description

Live Audio Description of the Pride Parade will be available at Wood St viewing area during Sunday’s parade.

Mobility Device Loans

Wheelchairs and walkers will be available for loan during the street festival weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). To sign out a wheelchair or walker, please bring a piece of photo I.D. such as an LCBO card, Driver’s License or Passport. During peak hours, wheelchair and walker loans will be limited to 2 hours at a time. Please visit the Accessibility Services Hub when you arrive at the festival for more information.

TTC WheelTrans Service

Pride Toronto and the TTC have worked together to designate specific WheelTrans pick-up and drop-off locations for this year’s festival weekend.  You can book WheelTrans for pick-up and drop-off a the following locations:

  • 14 Carlton St.
  • 15 Breadalbane St.
  • 19 Horticultural Ave. (Allan Gardens)
  • 75 St. Nicholas St.
  • 83 Gloucester St.

Coming from out of town?

Tourists who have disabilities, and are visiting Toronto may use Wheel-Trans service temporarily for a two-week period per year. Tourists registered with the specialized transit where they live (Para Transit, Mobility Plus) may access Wheel-Trans services through their existing registration. You will have to provide name, address (current), phone number, birthdate and mobility device. This will allow for an advanced sign up. However, tourists who are not registered with the specialized transit where they live must register in with WheelTrans.

Tourists attending Pride should confirm with Wheel-Trans their eligibility for the service in advance. Please call Wheel-Trans after 12:00PM at (416) 393-4111 with any questions.

Pre-planning

Pride Toronto representatives will be available at designated times and dates before the Festival weekend to assist all individuals with pre-planning for their attendance of the festival.

These services will be available on-line and will include ASL.