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).