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. We work to facilitate the participation of persons who: use a wheelchair, scooter, and/or other assistive devices; are blind or partially sighted; are deaf or hard of hearing; use the assistance of working animals and people with other visible or invisible disabilities.
services offered at the festival:
Accessibility SERVICES HUB
Open throught the street festival weekend, the Accessibility Services Hub is centrally located within the festival site. The Hub is a social and information centre equipped with water, a shaded seating area and an accessible washroom. Visit the hub to access: wheelchair and walker lending service; American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting service; festival information in alternative formats for those who are blind, partially sighted or print restricted and mobility assistants and/or shade & water for service animals.
Accessibility Viewing Areas and Entertainment Stands
During the Trans* and Dyke Marches as well as the Pride Parade, raised wheelchair and scooter-accessible viewing stands will be available along the parade and march routes. A street level seating area is also available for those who are blind or partially sighted.
At our largest entertainment stages, wheelchair and scooter-accessible viewing stands and areas are available.
Each of these areas is shaded from the sun, has seating, viewing area/stand hosts as well as water and an accessible washroom. They are available for those who cannot stand for the duration and a partner or companion. 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.
Services for blind and partially sighted VISITORS
An audio version of the Pride Guide will be available online and on CD leading up to the festival in June. The Audio Pride Guide will also be available at the Accessibility Services Hub during the festival weekend. Here, you'll also find:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVE AUDIO DESCRIPTION
Live Audio Description of the Pride Parade will be available at a viewing area during the parade.
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING SERVICES
ASL interpretation will be available at the Accessibility Services Hub during regular hours of operation, roaming throughout the festival site, and during certain events. Please visit the Accessibility Services Hub for a complete list of ASL-English interpreted events.
MOBILITY DEVICE LOANS
Wheelchairs and walkers will be available for loan during the street festival weekend. 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.
COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN?
Tourists with disabilities who visit Toronto may use WheelTrans service for a two-week period per year. Tourists registered with the specialized transit where they live (ie. wheelchair and scooter users) may access WheelTrans services through their existing registration. However, tourists who are not registered with the specialized transit where they live must register in advance with WheelTrans.
Tourists attending WorldPride should confirm with WheelTrans their eligibility for the service in advance. Please call WheelTrans after 12:00PM at (416) 393-4111 with any questions.