West Vancouver Memorial Library hosts Access4All Fair

West Vancouver Memorial Library hosts Access4All Fair
Accessibility Ramp contributes to a more inclusive and accessible Canada

West Vancouver, B.C. – West Vancouver Memorial Library invites the community to an Access4All Fair on Tuesday, September 19, 1:30 – 5 p.m. The Access4All Fair will be an inclusive event to celebrate the completion of the Library’s new accessibility ramp, a “Barrier Buster” project, and to promote values and awareness of access and inclusion. The Barrier Buster project and Access4All awareness event are made possible by The Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative, supported by the Government of Canada.

“The District of West Vancouver is grateful to the Rick Hansen Foundation for their support of this infrastructure improvement and community awareness event,” says Mayor Michael Smith. “The new accessibility ramp opened our eyes to the range of challenges that people in our community face and inspires us to create an inclusive and accessible West Vancouver.”

The Access4All Fair features an impressive line-up of Community Celebrity presentations, North Shore service provider exhibits, Library tours, and hands-on opportunities to try game-changing assistive technologies. The activities are for people of all ages who live with, or care for others with physical, learning, developmental and sensory challenges. The Access4All Fair starts with a ribbon cutting at the top of the accessibility ramp and opening remarks by Mayor Michael Smith, Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador Jenna Reed-Cote and Memorial Library Board Chair David Carter.

“The Library is providing a forum to showcase essential resources, technologies and services that bridge the gap between ability and disability,” says Director of Library Services Jenny Benedict. “The Access4All Fair is about introducing knowledge and opportunities that may be life-changing. It aims to redefine people’s sense of what’s possible.”

The new accessibility ramp will ensure that the entire community has access to the West Vancouver Memorial Library. The Library supports people with a variety of challenges to participate in community life by providing alternative format collections, accessible computing devices and software, public Internet access, staff assistance with technology and information seeking and safe interior public spaces with reading rooms and lounges.

About the Infrastructure Improvement Project:

West Vancouver Memorial Library received a $30,000 funding grant through the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Access4All Program. The grant supports the West Vancouver Memorial Library’s “Barrier Buster” Project, an infrastructure improvement to the accessibility path from the parking lot to the entrance. The Barrier Buster project is made possible by The Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative, supported by the Government of Canada.

The new ramp from the accessible parking lot to the front entrance of the West Vancouver Memorial Library, designed by SHAPE Architecture, improves the slope, angle and visibility of the current route by:

  • Lowering the grade at the parking lot level;
  • Defining the path with retaining walls that separate it from the pedestrian walkway at the base;
  • Surfacing the path with an anti-slip material;
  • Adding lights in the north retaining wall to improve visibility and wayfinding at night.

The Library is grateful to the District of West Vancouver for providing the additional funding for the Accessibility Ramp Project.

For more information, please contact:

Celina O’Connor, Communications Coordinator

coconnor@westvanlibrary.ca, 604-925-7407.

Background

On this upcoming milestone of Canada’s 150th  anniversary of Confederation, the Rick Hansen Foundation, with support from the Government of Canada, invited schools and community groups to learn more about accessibility, identify barriers and apply for grants of up to $30,000 to undertake and celebrate accessibility infrastructure improvements in public places and spaces.   

For more information on Rick Hansen’s Access4All program, please visit: www.rickhansen.com/access4all

Canada’s 150th is an opportunity to celebrate the values of our great country with pride: values such as inclusion, diversity, compassion and access for everyone.As we celebrate these values, it’s also important that we create lasting impacts. Together, we can create an accessible Canada and leave a lasting legacy for our country’s 150th.

For more information on the Canada 150 Signature initiative, please visit: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1468262573081

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