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Breaking Barriers: Accessibility at Home a Costly Process

Blair Crawford
Updated: March 30, 2019

Its just a few centimetres high, but the sill of the sliding glass door that leads to the back deck of her Barrhaven home is a mountain to Jennifer Glanz.

Its little, but I cant get over it, said Glanz, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. Glanz and her husband, Eli, have already installed a $4,000 electric lift in their garage so that Jennifer can get out of the house, and recently completed a renovation to make their bathroom barrier free.

Must Condos Making Renovations Implement Accessibility Measures?

by: Graeme Macpherson | March 20, 2019

Staying on top of accessibility issues can be a challenging task. There are many factors to juggle and many important rights to balance against one another. On top of all of this are the obvious financial and logistical concerns that can accompany making a building accessible.

One worry that some corporations may have is, if they implement some sort of accessibility device or modification to one section of the building, must they then do this everywhere?

ANALYSIS: How Some Barrie Businesses Make a Double-Amputee Feel Like a ‘Second-Class Citizen

Many shops and offices could use some accessibility upgrades, Barrie woman says News 06:55 AM by Chris Simon
Barrie Advance

Barrie resident Marlene Watson, 73, has been a double-amputee for about two years. She needs a wheelchair, but is also training to use a walker. She says many properties throughout the city, from businesses to health-care facilities, could do more to promote accessibility.

How a Little Wooden Ramp Reshaped An Ontario City

Kenora’s downtown wasn’t accessible for people with physical disabilities. But thanks to municipal effort and some help from a Toronto-based non-profit, its streets are changing Published on Mar 12, 2019
by Glyn Bowerman

The Toronto-based StopGap Foundation, founded in 2011, distributes custom-made ramps that make businesses more accessible.

A look at TTC Accessibility Through The Eyes of A Rider Who Uses Two Canes

By Francine KopunCity Hall Bureau
Sun., March 10, 2019

Jessica Geboers steps off a busy subway car at College station, a cane in each hand, and confronts her first obstacle: two flights of stairs, 10 stairs each.

The stairwell is narrow and passengers headed down the stairs stop to give her the room she needs to make her way up. On this day, at rush hour, a bottleneck forms in seconds.