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New project aimed at making businesses, storefronts more accessible

The program is entirely volunteer run and donation based
2019-05-15 Luke Anderson
Luke Anderson is the co-founder and executive director of the StopGap Foundation. Photo supplied

The StopGap Foundation is a charitable organization that raises awareness about the importance of accessibility and inclusion. CWC Barrie is an organization run by people with all disabilities for people with disabilities.

Luke Anderson, Co-founder and Executive Director of StopGap is proud to announce the launch of the Barrie Community Ramp Project in partnership with the Community Wholeness Centre and the Gilbert Centre who are working in collaboration with Barrie North Collegiate, City of Barrie Accessibility Advisory Committee, Downtown Barrie Association.

Anderson states that “Accessibility in our communities is a huge issue! StopGap is helping to solve this problem and is working to create a world where every person can access every space. A world free of barriers would help give everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential. When community members and organizations come together like Barrie has demonstrated, real change can happen."

This program is entirely volunteer run and donation based. The launch of this program gives all businesses and organizations with single step storefronts or Gaps inside their building the opportunity to receive a colourful custom-made deployable access ramp at no cost. For storefronts, the ramps remove barriers caused by single stepped entryways for those using mobility aids, parents pushing strollers, delivery people and anyone who is challenged negotiating a step. The ramps have proven to increase a business’s customer-base!

A formal launch will take place in downtown Barrie at a later date. Details will follow.

Donations can be made directly to the StopGap Foundation at - Barrie Community Ramp Project.

Contact Yolanda Gallo, Project Coordinator Ph: 705-241-5488 Email: [email protected].