Join us on Tuesday, September 19 to celebrate the completion of the Library’s new accessibility ramp, a “Barrier Buster” project. The Access4All Fair is an inclusive event that 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. Light refreshments will be provided.
opening remarks and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony — 1:30 p.m., parking lot
Mayor Michael Smith, Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador Jenna Reed-Cote, Library Board Chair David Carter.
Community Celebrity Presentations, 2 – 3 p.m., presented in English and ASL
Rick Hansen Ambassadors Jenna Reed-Cote and Art Jonker are two community heroes who have let nothing stand in their way of achieving their goals. Let their inspiring accounts challenge you to push for greatness.
Abilities Meet-Up Zone, 3 – 5 p.m., musto lounge
Hang out with Community Heroes Jenna Reed-Cote and Art Jonker. They are great resources so feel free to ask them your most urgent ability-related questions. Like a town square, the Abilities Meet-Up Zone is the perfect place to meet other attendees and share experiences. Get your photo taken and share your pics on social media with the hashtag #WVMLAccess4A
community Service Provider Exhibits, 3 – 5 P.M., main hall
Whether you have physical, sensory, learning, developmental disabilities, or a combination, there is a North Shore community service to help you meet and overcome your daily challenges. We’ve brought them together at our Library for one afternoon so that you can discover new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life.
Assistive Technology Showcase, 3 – 5 P.M., community computing centre, lower level
Explore how assistive technology can help you or your loves ones bridge the gap between ability and disability! The showcase will feature an array of assistive devices and applications for people with a variety of challenges to experience hands-on. In addition, staff will offer suggestions and share their extensive knowledge to help determine the most appropriate technology match for your abilities and situations. Assistive technologies provide people with greater control over their surroundings and an enhanced ability to function independently.
Library Tours, 3 – 5 P.M.
Imagine everything you need under one roof! The Library is a go-to source for everyone: people with disabilities, their families, their caregivers and healthcare professionals. Our expert staff will take you on a tour of all three floors of our 56,000 sq. ft. building and only scratch the surface of what we have to offer. Once you know what's here, visit us again soon and often.
VIRTUAL REALITY DEMONSTRATIONS, 3 – 5 P.M., YOUTH DEPARTMENT
Explore other worlds through VR in our Youth Department.
FRIENDs OF THE LIBRARY GAME TABLE, 3 – 5 p.m., main hall
Spin the wheel for your chance to win one of many cool assistive devices! From safety lights to screen magnifiers, these devices can help make anyone's life a little easier.
Paws4Stories youth storytime, 4 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall, Lower Level
Come meet certified Paws4Stories therapy dog Norman. This furry, lovable dog is a calm and patient listener. His instinctive and unconditional attention supports hesitant and anxious readers to feel comfortable reading aloud. Independent reading is just a friendly wet nose away! Stories will be presented in English and ASL.
community celebrity speakers
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 Library front entrance.
The new ramp, 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.
About the Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Program:
Access4All Program, a Canada 150 Signature Initiative, is aimed at breaking down barriers for people living with disabilities. With support from the Government of Canada, Rick Hansen Foundation, invited schools and community groups to learn more about accessibility, identify barriers, and apply for grants 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 impact. 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