Mobility charging stations opening across Norfolk

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Those that use electronic mobility devices now have more options when it comes to charging while out and about.

This means one thing for Simcoe’s David Theriault: “More freedom.”

Theriault is a member of the Norfolk Accessibility Advisory Committee.

With the committee’s guidance, the county recently installed five stations at various locations as part of Phase 1 of the Mobility Charging Stations Project. Each station includes an electrical outlet and signage designating the space as accessible and available for mobility devices – scooters and electric wheelchairs – to charge.

Stations are located at the Simcoe library, Delhi library, Waterford Tricenturena, Port Dover Arena and Port Rowan Harbour.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Theriault said in a media release. “It allows for people with mobility issues – with scooters, with chairs – to be able to travel more, because they are restricted as to how far they can go with these chairs.”

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The project is part of Norfolk’s ongoing commitment to making the county more accessible.

“Norfolk County is committed to eliminating barriers and improving accessibility for persons with disabilities in a manner that respects dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for all residents,” said Shelley Darlington, Norfolk County Director of Corporate Support Services, in the release. “We continue to recognize the diverse needs of all of our residents and customers and this initiative is a perfect example of Norfolk County’s strong commitment to accessibility.”

Other initiatives include the installation of accessibility mats at the Port Dover beach and a fully accessible playground in Delhi.

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