Dyke March 2014 Accessibility Information

ABOUT ALLAN GARDENS

Dyke Day starts off with yoga, sign making, and a rally in Allan Gardens. Allan Gardens is a large park that takes up the block between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets and Carlton and Gerrard Streets. There is a fenced off-leash dog park, a conservatory, flower gardens, a children’s play area, paved pathways and lots of shade. Allan Gardens is also home to some amazing murals. Click here for a sneak peak and more information!

The nearest accessible subway stations are Dundas and Bloor-Yonge. The closest transit line is the 75 Sherbourne bus that runs south on Sherbourne Street from Sherbourne station (Sherbourne station is not accessible).

PRIDE TORONTO’S ACCESSIBILITY HUB

The Accessibility Services Hub will be located at the northeast corner of Maitland and Church, Friday, June 27 (open 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.), Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 (open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.). Our hub is a social and information centre equipped with water, a shaded seating area and an accessible washroom. Visit our hub to access our: 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.

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING SERVICES — ENGLISH

ASL is confirmed for the Dyke Day Rally in Allan Gardens. Due to the unique nature of our performers, ASL may not be provided for all performers. There will be an “Accessibility Zone” marked off in front of the stage for folks who need to see the interpreters and for those who are using mobility devices. This will be marked with pylons and/or chalk.

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 DEVICES FOR LOAN

There will be an “Accessibility Tent” in Allan Gardens on Dyke Day hosted by Pride Toronto’s Accessibility Team volunteers. These volunteers will assist or accompany folks who wish to use a wheelchair provided by Pride for the March.

Wheelchairs and walkers will be available for loan on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM – 10PM. 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 for more information.

RIDE AN ACCESSIBLE TTC BUS IN THE DYKE MARCH!

The TTC bus will be at Allan Gardens at 1:30 p.m. and will drive folks along the Dyke March route. No registration required! Please feel free to board as needed.

ACTIVE LISTENERS

There will be trained active listeners after the Dyke March in George Hislop Parkette for folks who need support or want to debrief about their March experience.

ACCESSIBLE VIEWING AREAS AND ENTERTAINMENT STANDS

During the Trans and Dyke Marches as well as the WorldPride Parade, raised wheelchair and scooter-accessible viewing stands will be available along the parade route. A street level seating area will also be available for those who are blind or partially sighted at Wood St.

Viewing stands are offered during the marches and parade at the following locations:

TRANS MARCH – Friday, June 27

  • Isabella St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Wood St. (street level seating), east side of Yonge St.

DYKE MARCH – Saturday, June 28

  • St. Mary St., west side of Yonge St.
  • Isabella St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Maitland St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Wood St. (street level seating), east side of Yonge St.

WORLDPRIDE PARADE – Sunday, June 29

  • St. Mary St., west side of Yonge St.
  • Isabella St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Gloucester St., east side of Yonge St.
  • St. Joseph St., west side of Yonge St.
  • Maitland St., east side of Yonge St.
  • Wood St. (street level seating), east side of Yonge St.
  • Elm St., west side of Yonge St.
  • Edward St., west side of Yonge St.

At our largest entertainment stages, wheelchair and scooter-accessible viewing stands and areas will be available.

Each of these areas will be shaded from the sun, will have chairs, viewing area/stand hosts as well as water and an accessible washroom. They will be available for those who cannot stand for the duration and a partner or companion. The stands and viewing areas will be non-smoking and will be 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. Additionally, our seating area located on Wood St. will offer live audio description during the Pride Parade for those who are blind or partially sighted.

SERVICES FOR BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED VISITORS

An audio version of the 2014 Pride Guide will be available online and on CD leading up to the festival in June 2014. 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 accessibility@pridetoronto.com.

LIVE AUDIO DESCRIPTION

Live Audio Description of the WorldPride Parade will be available at the viewing area located on Wood St. during the parade.

TTC WHEELTRANS

Pride Toronto has worked with WheelTrans to designate specific drop off locations for WorldPride 2014 Toronto. You can book WheelTrans to drop you off at the festival site at the following locations:

  • Charles West (30 CHARLES ST WEST)
  • Charles East (90 CHARLES ST EAST)
  • Breadalbane (7 BREADALBANE ST)
  • Maitland (near the Accessibility Services Hub at 100 MAITLAND ST)
  • Allan Garden (CARLTON WEST OF SHERBOURNE)

Please Call WheelTrans (416) 393-4111 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.

You can find more information and post questions through our Facebook Page, Emailing and calling. All links are embedded below. You can also call Pride Toronto at(416) 927-7433. For TTY users, please use Bell Relay Service (BRS). accessibility@pridetoronto.com

Contact Us:

Email: dykemarchto@gmail.com
Facebook: DykeMarch Toronto
Twitter: @dykemarchTO
Instagram: @dykemarchto

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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