This article was first published in the Kitchissippi Time on Nov. 12, 2015
While permanent accessibility fixtures can be costly to small businesses and bylaws difficult to navigate, there is a local organization providing a solution for businesses throughout Ottawa.
On November 4, Stop Gap Ottawa, as part of their campaign to promote accessibility, made its first delivery of accessibility ramps to a dozen businesses along Wellington Street West.
Zach Dayler (Wellington West BIA), Phil Ireland (House of Barons), Chris Binkowski (Accessibility for Humanity), Claude Haridge, Jessica Lahrkamp, and Olivia Keays (Stop Gap Ottawa) deliver an accessibility ramp to House of Barons. Photo by Ellen Bond
While these ramps are considered a temporary fix for businesses, it is the goal of Jessica Lahrkamp, the founder of Stop Gap Ottawa, to see Ottawa become fully ramped by 2025, the year the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act comes into effect. Daunting as it may seem, they are already seeing the kind of support that can make this a reality.
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