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Accessibility-Oriented Summer Camp Makes Renovations

By BENJAMIN LEUNG @goskagit
May 23, 2022

Korey, a nonprofit summer camp for children living with life-altering medical conditions, celebrated expansions and additions to its facilities at a VIP reception and ribbon-cutting event on May 21.

The list of improvements includes three new camper cabins, a new recreational center and various renovations of buildings and infrastructure.

With its sustainability-focused design, each of the new Orca, Eagle and Bear cabins will accommodate up to 12 campers and are equipped with ADA-compliant bathrooms.

Camp Korey, located on Brotherhood Road east of Lake McMurray, provides its campers with a summer camp experience with accessible facilities, adaptable programs, and a team of medical professionals and trained volunteers to provide necessary care and supervision, all free of charge.

Inspired by Daughter, Architect Approaches Accessibility as A ‘Lifestyle’

Saskatoon designer strived to make home more accessible, then translated that work to the community Eric Anderson, CBC News
Posted: May 15, 2022

Megen Olfert smiles thinking about the backyard treehouse her father designed for her when she was a kid.

It was wide enough for a motorised wheelchair to maneuver inside, and a cement path wound its way through the backyard up to the treehouse instead of stairs or a ladder.

“I felt like I was on equal ground as a kid,” said Megen, recalling friends coming over to hang out, “because sometimes when you’re disabled it means you have to do things differently even though you can do the same thing. It made me feel included.”

Mixed Reviews for New, Accessible Courthouse in Bay St. George

Advocate for disabled pleased; mayor doesnt want it moved out of town CBC News · Posted: Apr 19, 2022

The former College of the North Atlantic building in Stephenville Crossing will be refurbished to included provincial government services and the courthouse serving the Bay. St. George area. Work on it is expected to be complete some time in 2024.

Stephenville resident Bill Jones says it’s a step in the right direction. Now he’s hoping government will follow through on plans to build an accessible government services building in Bay St. George.

Lack of Sidewalk Clearing Leaves Winnipeggers With Mobility Impairments Trapped Inside

Sidewalks remain uncleared after last week’s storm, with more on the way Cameron MacLean · CBC News · Posted: Apr 19, 2022

The ice and slush covering the sidewalk in front of Peter Tonge’s Grant Avenue apartment building make the wheels on his wheelchair spin and catch in deep ruts.

He hasn’t been able to leave his house for a week, ever since a spring snowstorm dumped nearly a foot of snow on the city.

“It’s a challenge, mentally, because we’re already dealing with a pandemic and COVID, and those sort of limitations, and then we’ve got this on top,” he said.

Op-Ed: It’s Easier Than You Might Think to Make Birding More Accessible to More People

A wheelchair user with binoculars looks for birds from a wooden path with a low railing
Birdability founder Virginia Rose and other wheelchair users can see over railings like these at Bayside Birding and Walking Trail in San Diego. BY FREYA MCGREGOR
APRIL 12, 2022

Birds bring so much joy to so many people. Their presence and our delight in them can connect us to the natural world. And with so many health benefits to spending time outside, birds can be the prompt to get a dose of nature therapy.

Some have turned this connection into a verb: “to bird.” As a bird lover and an occupational therapist, I think it’s time we expanded how we think about birding, and who can be a birder.

ECU’s New Accessible Parking Icon Paints a Different Picture of People With Disabilities

By Kim Grizzard Staff Writer Apr 9, 2022

On a campus where people usually like to “paint it purple,” it might come as a surprise that no one said no to the blue and white painted on pavement near the Fifth Street entrance of East Carolina University.

Instead, those colors drew cheers from dozens of supporters Friday as the university rolled out a new active icon for accessible parking. Following a ceremony outside Wright Auditorium, three spaces bearing a 54-year-old symbol for accessible parking were painted over with a new design.

David Loy, associate professor in College of Health and Human Performance, said the new Accessible Icon Project logo is a step forward from the International Symbol of Accessibility.

Changing Places: England to Get About 500 New Accessible Toilets

Published April 2, 2022

Changing Places have equipment such as a height-adjustable changing bench and a hoist

About 500 new large accessible toilets for severely disabled people are to be installed across England after the government awarded £23.5m of funding.

Changing Places Toilets (CPTs) have been mandatory in new buildings since 2020 and a year later, funding was offered to add them to existing sites.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) said 191 councils had made successful bids.

Campaigner Zack Kerr said the new CPTs would “make such a difference”.

Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota Fighting For More Accessibility In Bathrooms

By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield
February 20, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Linda Hood has quite the resume.

The clinical scientist has volunteered at the Olympics since 1984, she’s a marathoner and she’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

“She’s full of life,” her husband, Richard Smith, said.

Now she’s climbing another kind of obstacle. As her husband explains, it happened when they were dating in 2018.

“She called me, she always called me when she was traveling, to let me know she got on the plane,” Richard Smith said. “She said, ‘Rick, my legs are kind of weak. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what’s going on.’ I said, ‘Linda, stay home and go to the doctor first thing in the morning.’ She said, ‘No, I just need a good night sleep.’ So she came and by the time she got there, she could not walk.”

Accessibility Consultant ‘Disappointed’ Calgary LuluLemon Store Inaccessible Despite Paralympic Partnership

Stephanie Thomas
CTV News Calgary Video Journalist
Updated Feb. 16, 2022

The front entrance to the lululemon store in Calgary’s Mission neighbourhood is inaccessible for persons who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters says an accessibility consultant who calls it especially disappointing as the Vancouver-based retailer is an official partner with the Olympics and Paralympics.

“The fact this is a Paralympic sponsor has a different ring to it,” said Darby Young, who uses a mobility scooter. “(There is) irony behind it and its disappointing,”

In a statement to CTV News sent Wednesday morning, LuluLemon officials said the company is committed to fostering inclusivity.

‘Deplorable Every Year’: Accessibility Advocate in Halifax Calls for Better Sidewalk Clearing

By Graeme Benjamin Global News
Posted January 31, 2022

An accessibility advocate says the municipality continues to drop the ball when it comes to snow-clearing following major winter events.

“I don’t know exactly what needs to change, but I just know things do,” said Brian George, who uses a wheelchair and has been advocating for safer sidewalks in Halifax for the past seven years. “It’s deplorable every year. It is. It happens every single year.”

Saturday’s Nor’easter brought more than 40 centimetres of snow to some areas of the province. The snow shifted to rain and ice pellets later in the day, making snow-clearing efforts especially difficult.