StopGap was founded in Toronto by Luke Anderson as a way to create accessible communities, as well as get people talking about accessibility issues in a fun and engaging new way.
Our group of volunteers is bringing StopGap to London with a Community Ramp Project that supplies free, colourful, portable access ramps to businesses with single step entrances. These ramps will allow wheelchair & other mobility device users, people pushing wheelchairs, friends & family and many others new access to businesses.
We're asking for community participation in identifying businesses with one step entrances with the call to action, "See The Gap. Stop The Gap." Often businesses want to be accessible, but renting & other factors prohibit a permanent ramp.
This is a simple, yet complex project as every step is like a snowflake - unique in its design. Once businesses have been identified & indicate they'd like to participate, our volunteers carefully measure their step. These measurements are sent to Luke, an Engineer, who creates custom templates for each ramp. The ramps will all be built on the weekend of June 13-14, 2015 at Duo Building Inc., who has volunteered their workshop & time. Our volunteers will paint the ramps & delivery to participating businesses is scheduled for June 15.
Our main goal is to eliminate single step barriers & create an inclusive city for everyone to live, work, play in & visit.
StopGap London Lead Team members are: Luke Anderson, Martha Miller, Dan Harvey, Jason Graça, Dave Rino & myself, Lisa Bondy.
Here's a clip of us in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQzwNqT_-W0
From all of our StopGap Londoners, thank you for Awesome London's consideration!
Funded by London, ON (May 2015)