Saturday, November 22, 2014

Signs Restaurant Modular Ramp Masterpiece

After much toiling and fussing we managed to pull together this beauty. The ramp is a four piece modular system that can be taken apart and deployed fairly easily. The railings are removable and came together amazingly! We like to call them Braille-ings because the name of the restaurant and StopGap is written in braille along the top of one of the handrails.

We'd like to give special thanks to Signs Restaurant for the opportunity to work with them on such a groundbreaking and demanding project. We highly recommend checking out the restaurant (Yonge and Wellesley), it's an absolutely amazing dining experience as staff encourage the use of sign language in communicating. Diagrams beside items on the menu teach you the appropriate signs and the food is delicious! Plus you will get to check out the ramp while you are there. It's a guaranteed fun night out!

We'd also like to thank Scott Dunsmoor and his crew at All Weld for doing an unbelievable job with the railings. We couldn't be happier with how they turned out!

Further thanks goes to Stephen Gray and Shane MacInnes from Greening Homes for taking care of the construction of the ramp modules.

A huge thank you goes out to Trevor Little from Little Landscapes for doing the installation and setting up the railings - a very finicky job!

Lastly, would like to thank Henna Tuohimma for letting us commission her stellar measurement skills and helping out the site measurement!

Check out these photos of the creation... next project we will definitely make sure to get the stencil in the right place... ooops!




Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Community Ramp Project!

Today we are sending huge congratulations out to Meagan MacKenzie and her group of incredible volunteers who successfully launched their Community Ramp Project this past week in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island! We couldn't be happier to learn that the Community Ramp Project has landed on the east coast! This news makes it official that we have now gone coast-to-coast with our initiative!  Help us spread this super exciting news about Meagan's success in PEI, with hopes it will inspire others (maybe YOU...!!...) to take on their own ramp projects in their communities. Help us build on the awareness raising momentum we have gained - we are here to help every 'step' of the way!

Here is the link to the CBC news piece:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/colourful-ramps-help-make-businesses-more-accessible-1.2835326

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Terri Coles from Spacing Magazine on the The Ramp Project

Enjoy reading this article that was just published in Spacing Magazine about the potential of The Ramp Project to remove physical barriers in communities like St. John's!

Here is the link to the article:

http://spacing.ca/national/2014/11/12/updating-st-johns-accessibility/

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Hamilton Community Ramp Project

Today we'd like to congratulate Fraser O'Neill and celebrate all of his efforts in taking on a Community Ramp Project in Hamilton! Here are some pictures of Fraser and the first ramp that will no doubt create conversation, raise awareness, and help remove barriers in Hamilton!





Monday, October 20, 2014

Aaron Broverman from Now Magazine on The Community Ramp Project

Last week was a great week for media attention! The Community Ramp Project was featured on CBC News AND we had the chance to speak with Aaron Broverman from Now Magazine! Thank you Aaron for putting together such a great story, we are super grateful for the opportunity to share what we are up to these days with such a huge audience.

Here is Aaron's story:

http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story.cfm?content=199999

Monday, October 13, 2014

CBC's Lucy Lopez on The Community Ramp Project

We had the incredibly fortunate opportunity to meet with CBC's Lucy Lopez in Kensington market on Thursday last week to talk about The Community Ramp Project and the need to design with everyone in mind in order to create a society free of physical barriers. It was great to hear David Lepofsky's (chair of the AODA alliance) point of view on the matter as well. He supports our efforts but, like us, believes that change needs to start happening from the provincial level. Here is the link to the story that aired tonight on CBC this evening:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/provincial-government-failing-to-make-toronto-barrier-free-disabilities-activist-says-1.2797319

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Steveston BC Community Ramp Project!!

We received a gem of a tweet today informing us about the launch of a Community Ramp Project in the small fishing port just outside of Vancouver! Check out this article that appeared in the local community paper today! Click here for the article.