The Community Ramp Project
Physical barriers in our built environment prevent many of us from enjoying some of the amazing buildings and spaces that our cities and communities have to offer. Our first project that we have embarked upon is called The Community Ramp Project. With material donations from community hardware stores and volunteer labour from inspired community members businesses with single stepped storefronts are invited to participate and have a custom ramp made at no cost. The brightly coloured ramps do not present a perfect solution to the problem however they create curiosity and get people talking about this huge design issue. The project has introduced many to the human right to equal access and has broadened the conversation on this topic.
The Community Ramp Project has been successful at highlighting how a simple ramp can make life easier for everyone. Participants have shared that a ramped storefront is more inviting. Parents pushing strollers, couriers using dollies to handle heavy packages and people using mobility aids all benefit from a barrier free storefront. The project has also proved that business owners are able to increase their customer base by providing a storefront that everyone can enter and exit. Supporters of the initiative hope that through these types of projects communities will create legislation of their own instead of waiting until the projected due date outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) - that being 2025.
Are you inspired by this exciting project? If so, we invite you to take on a ramp project in your own community! Feel free to get acquainted with The Community Ramp Project by reading the handbook, you can download a copy of the handbook by clicking here..
Still with us?! Here are all of the resources necessary to take on your own Community Ramp Project, simply click on each item below to download a copy of your own!
1. Community Ramp Project Material Donation Request Letter
2. Community Ramp Project Brochure
3. Community Ramp Project Survey Form
4. Community Ramp Project Ramp Component Measurement Calculator Spreadsheet
5. Community Ramp Project Stencil
6. "Access Ramp Available..." Sign
7. Community Ramp Project Handbook