Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Incredible Stratford Ramp Project

This picture sums up the efforts of Roger Koert and his committed group of volunteers from Stratford Ontario. Together they will deliver 24 ramps at no cost to local businesses. This is absolutely incredible and will certainly change the streetscape in Stafford! Huge congratulations to you Roger and all of your volunteers - all of the supporters of the initiative are super proud of you man.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Community Ramp Project Update and... The Triple Stepper!!

It has been a busy spring time coordinating community ramp projects in Toronto, across the province and beyond. We've had so much fun working with some amazing people and helping them take on their own ramp projects in Stratford, Guelph, Port Hope, Mimico, Seaforth, Markham and Aurora here in Ontario as well as Halifax out on the East Coast! Here in Toronto we are preparing for two massive ramp projects along the Danforth and in the Annex. Our fantastic group of volunteers have been approaching businesses along the Danforth over the past couple of months and so far we have over 20 businesses interested in participating. Greening Homes helped us with ramp construction for our incredibly successful Roncesvalles ramp project and they have graciously offered to help us out again for the Danforth project which is slated to happen July 19th and 20th. The Toronto Tool Library has offered up the use of some of their space in order to have a comfortable spot to build the ramps, Learners LLP has helped us out with a donation to offset material costs and Danforth Lumber is going to cut us a sweet sweet deal on building materials! It's all coming together!

Over the winter we had the pleasure of working with an incredible group of Inclusive Design students from OCAD University. With ramp construction help and material donations from Dixon Hall's Mill Centre they took on a ramp project along College Street here in Toronto! Word has it that the ramps are nearing completion and will soon be delivered towards the end of the month! Stay tuned for updates!

About a year ago we were approached by owner Julian Katz of Stasis Preserves (www.stasispreserves.com) on Roncesvalles to see if there would be a way of making a ramp for their three-step storefront. We took some measurements, spent some time at the drawing board and Matthew Saunders from Cocobolo Carpentry (www.cocobolocarpentry.com) did a beautiful job putting together our very first modular ramp designed to accommodate three steps! Thank you Julian for the opportunity to work with you on this exciting project and welcome to our ever-growing list of supporters!




Monday, April 21, 2014

The Stratford Community Ramp Project


Roger Koert from Stratford Ontario has launched a Community Ramp Project of his own in Stratford! Check out this fantastic article that appeared in the local paper helping spread awareness about the ramps and his efforts to help remove barriers in his neighbourhood.

Click here to read!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Toronto Public Space Initiative

We recently met with architect Chloe Doesburg who is a volunteer with The Toronto Public Space Initiative, she wrote a fantastic blog post about StopGap and our pursuit for an inclusive society free of physical barriers. This nonprofit organization is all about enhancing public space here in Toronto - click here for the link to the article!

AccessTo.ca

Through a network of mutual friends and StopGap supporters we were introduced to the wonderful Silvia Guido and her brilliant initiative called AccessTo. Silvia uses a list of criteria to analyze the accessibility of restaurants here in Toronto and her blog highlights the restaurants that are given an accessible thumbs up. If you see the sticker shown below in a restaurant's front window you will immediately know that Silvia and her crew have done a thorough survey and have given it a seal of approval in terms of accessibility. But you will notice that the blog goes beyond accessibility and really does a great job at bringing the term "inclusive" into the picture. Take a closer look at the sticker and you will understand. This is a much-needed resource for such invaluable information as in the past the only way to know about a restaurant's accessibility is through word of mouth. Silvia has recently teamed up with the occupational therapy program at the University of Toronto. This partnership will allow AccessTo to dramatically grow its number of reviewed restaurants by engaging the occupational therapy students to take on reviews of their own and post them on the blog. We owe a huge thanks to Silvia and her amazing students for helping arrange for a similar partnership to be made between StopGap and U. of T.! Stay tuned for an official welcome of our occupational therapy students and how they will be involved with the Community Ramp Project in the spring! In the meantime go check out and support AccessTo!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Belleville Community Ramp Project!

A huge congratulations goes out to Belleville Community Ramp Project Team Leader Taylor Bardell for continuing to push her project along in Belleville! Partnering with Home Depot and Community Living Belleville and Area,Taylor and her team of dedicated volunteers completed another five ramps for local businesses with single stepped storefronts. Check out these fantastic photos taken yesterday during the build!