AccessTO

AccessTO is a website that serves as an important resource for people who need to determine the accessibility of places they want to go.

Reviews of physical environments in Toronto are typically conducted in teams, composed of a professional, typically an occupational therapist, and a person with lived experience of facing accessibility challenges. The establishments reviewed include bars/pubs, cafes, restaurants, and music venues, and these span neighbourhoods from Bloor West Village to North York to Leslieville. In many areas of Toronto, restaurants are often in old buildings with many stairs and narrow pathways. Individuals can encounter unexpected barriers in venues that advertise themselves as accessible.

Every facility reviewed on the site meets a minimum standard of accessibility. Areas considered include interior features such as counter/table heights and maneuvering room, as well as floor surfaces, entrances, outdoor spaces, elevators, washroom facilities, and parking. The website also includes a section of tips for business owners.

Visit the AccessTO blog here and see the full list of resources and tips for business owners here.