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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Construction Class Creates Accessibility Ramps

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The entrance to each participating business is measured and the ramp is designed to fit the space

Photo submitted by the Town of Saugeen Shores 

A National initiative to remove phsysical barriers is ramping up again in Saugeen Shores as the Accessiblity Committee and Saugeen District Secondary School's (SDSS) Construction Class have partnered to create accessible spaces with the StopGap initiative.

The SDSS students created ramps for local businesses which will allow persons with mobility devices to enter the buildings.

"This is a great program that the Town is excited to be a part of," says Mayor Luke Charbonneau, member of the Accessibility Committee. 

"Working with the construction class means these teens are able to practice their skills while also learning about accessibility and the barriers people in our community face every day."

The StopGap ramps are built by the students under the supervision of teacher Bud Halpin. The entrance to each participating business is measured and the ramp is designed to fit the space. 

In the last three years, 20 businesses have participated program to improve accessibility in Saugeen Shores.

So far this year, new ramps were provided to Cathy's Flowers N'Treasurers, Saugeen Curry House, King's Law Firm and Ideal Custom Orthotics.

The Town of Saugeen Shores' Accessibility Advisory Committee provides guidance to Town facilities and parks, as well as businesses and special events, to identify and remove barriers in Saugeen Shores. 

For those looking to learn more, the committee will have a booth at the Health and Wellness Fair taking place at the Southampton Curling Club on Saturday, June 1 from 8a.m.-1p.m.

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