BUSINESSES and individuals committed to helping those with a disability will be recognised at a special awards ceremony today at Kent House.
The 2014 Access awards will be presented by Armidale Dumaresq councillor Jenny Bailey.
Businesses that provide barrier-free access to their premises or outstanding service to people with a disability, or both, will be recognised.
Nominations include Spar Express, Coles Supermarket and Prouds the Jewellers, Courthouse Coffee, Armidale Bowling Club and Home Nursing.
Certificates for excellent service by individuals from companies such as Woolworths and the Salvation Army will also be awarded.
Also, some not-for-profit organisations including the Home Nursing Group, and Care For Seniors will also be acknowledged for the time and effort they put into making the lives of those with a disability easier.
“Each business nominated is to be commended for their effort and is regarded by Council and the Access Committee as a winner in supporting dignity and independence,” Cr Bailey said.
Initiatives recognised for helping people with a disability include wider doors to allow access for scooters, modified steps and special seated areas.
A primary award will be given to a business that has shown exceptional service and dedication to making access both into, and around, their shops as easy as possible for those with a disability.
The awards are held to coincide with the International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day aimed at promoting an understanding of people with a disability.