We’ve been Snapd!

Check out Guelph Accessibility Project’s write up in August’s Snapd edition.  Great photos from the All Access Downtown event held in June.

https://guelph.snapd.com/event/961960#/

 

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A great All Access Downtown Guelph Day!

Thank you to those who came out to support our first ever All Access Downtown Guelph day! There was great weather, music, company, and of course, the ramps! We hope to see more people utilizing these great Stopgap ramps within our community.

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View our Facebook page for a great video from a Stopgap ramp user.

A special thank you to the dedicated and amazing volunteers who came out to support our initiative. Your help and support is immensely appreciated!

Join us for All Access Downtown Guelph!

All Access Downtown Guelph – An event that celebrates accessibility improvements in Downtown Guelph

June 17th, 2016, Downtown Guelph : Business owners are inviting the Guelph community to join them at an event celebrating accessibility in Downtown Guelph on Saturday June 25th, 11am – 3pm.  Organized by the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) and in partnership with the City of Guelph, Guelph Accessibility Project (GAP)  and the Guelph Wellington Senior’s Association (GWSA), the event will highlight the accessibility improvements made in the last year.  These include the StopGap Guelph ramps that were built and customized for nearly 40 downtown businesses, and the removal of the red bricks by the City of Guelph that were an obstacle for individuals with mobility issues.   

An important goal that came out of the collaboration between these groups was the education of small business owners on how best to accommodate customers and address accessibility issues.   This includes seniors, wheelchair users  and those with mobility issues, individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities, and parents with strollers.  An accessibility toolkit was designed and distributed to Downtown Guelph businesses, aiming to equip them with the information to refine their environment to fit the needs of all of their customers.  Many of these businesses will be putting out their StopGapGuelph ramps for the duration of the event. 

There will be live performances, kid’s activities, and an information booth at St George’s Square . Attendees can learn more about accessibility in Downtown Guelph and a map, researched and produced by the DGBA, highlighting accessible parking, washrooms, curb cut-outs and benches, will be available.  Cyndy McLean of StopGap Guelph said “This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Guelph’s downtown and the collective work to improve the City’s physical accessibility and make it more inclusive”. 

Please join us at 11:30 in St George’s Square for remarks from GAP, the DGBA, Guelph Police Services, the City of Guelph and local business owner Julia Grady about her efforts to ensure full accessibility at 10C (previously the Ackers furniture building, 42 Carden Street).

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A successful StopGap launch!

Thank you to those who came out today to support the successful launch of the StopGap ramps downtown. We were grateful to have Luke Anderson present, as he is the founder of the StopGap Foundation.  Also present was the Mayor of Guelph, Cam Guthrie, and election candidates Gord Miller (Green) and Lloyd Longfield (Liberal), along with Jon Beharry, the Campaign Manager for Andrew Seagram (NDP).

 

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Left to Right- Luke Anderson (Founder of StopGap), Cyndy McLean, Sandra

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Sandra trying out our new ramp!

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Some of the new ramps that will be placed around town!

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Left to right- Cyndy Mclean with Colleen Craig from Sign Art Centre of Guelph (our signage sponsor)

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Left to Right- Mayor Cam Guthrie and Meg Dunning (Downtown Guelph Business Association)

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We would also like to give a special shout out to Jan Hamilton from Roger’s for coming out too.  Her coverage of the launch will air on Roger’s on October 20.

 

Join us Oct 7 at 9:30AM for the launch of StopGap Ramps in Guelph!

Accessibility Initiative in Guelph

Guelph Accessibility Project is happy to announce the launch of a community ramp project called StopGap Guelph.  The ramp project helps to raise awareness to barriers in our built environment and reduces these barriers by providing portable ramps to businesses within the community.

A preview of some of the ramps that have been built for this wave of ramps. Image shows an assortment of blue, red and green ramps leaning against a wall.

A preview of some of the ramps that have been built for this wave of distribution. Image shows an assortment of blue, red and green ramps leaning against a wall.

 Nearly 40 Guelph businesses will receive free, portable accessibility ramps in October as part of the StopGap Guelph ramp project.  Manufactured by Kenaidan Contracting Ltd through its CETA (Care Enough to Act) program, these ramps aim to improve access to a variety of venues in the downtown core and surrounding area.  Along with the ramps, the participating businesses will receive signage that indicates they have a StopGap Guelph ramp and instructions for use (signs provided by Sign Art Centre of Guelph). 

Due to City of Guelph bylaws, the ramps will be used on an as-needed basis and will be deployed when requested. Although this is not a perfect solution, it is a great community project.  It enhances an individual’s ability to engage with our community by making businesses more accessible to everyone – whether a wheelchair user, a parent with a stroller or a delivery person. It isn’t a perfect fix to our built environment challenges but it offers a meaningful improvement and starts a conversation about community accessibility.

Join us for the launch of this initiative outside Coriander and New Age Health on Wyndham St N on Wednesday October 7th at 9.30am.

For a full list of participating businesses, please visit www.stopgapguelph.com/participating-businesses/  

Contact GAP (GuelphAccessibilityProject@gmail.com) or Cyndy McLean (mclean.cyndy@gmail.com) for more information.

Get a Free StopGap Guelph Ramp for your business! Deadline is Sept 14, 2015!

StopGap Guelph – Community Ramp Initiative

StopGap Guelph – FREE portable ramps available for Guelph Businesses

StopGap Guelph is a community ramp project designed to improve accessibility in Guelph. Businesses with a single step entry (maximum 8″ step) can receive a portable, wood ramp for FREE as part of this initiative. 

Kenaidan (based in Mississauga) has reached out and generously offered to build StopGap ramps for participating Guelph businesses on September 19th. Therefore, it is imperative that you fill out this StopGap Guelph Registration Form and send it to stopgapguelph@gmail.com by September 14th, 2015. That’s it! A simple and easy process to be a part of an inclusive community!

Should you have any questions, please email Cyndy (stopgapguelph@gmail.com)

Welcome to Guelph Accessibility Project!

Welcome!

We are extremely excited to launch our new site.  This site provides information on our organization and our initiatives. Please get to know more about GAP by viewing the page “About Us”. Read about our exciting new initiative – StopGap Guelph – designed to improve accessibility in the Guelph community by providing participating businesses with portable ramps (StopGap Guelph page). For more information on our wheelchair challenges, visit our page “Wheels in Action”. You can also visit “Get in Touch” for more information on how to contact us and “In the Media” to read interesting articles related to accessibility in Guelph.  Welcome!