Accessibility is a huge issue around the world, even for Canada. A survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, in partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation states that:
“Canadians identified massive gaps between current and ideal levels of accessibility within their communities, with the biggest barriers being access to recreational opportunities, transportation around the community and access to private businesses.” (Angus Reid Institute and Rick Hansen Foundation, 2015)
Ideally when new buildings are built they should be following building codes, and accessibility guidelines, but sometimes details are forgotten or incomplete. Making sure new buildings are ready to welcome all patrons, as well as retrofitting older infrastructure can make a huge difference in our communities. Other times, creating accessibility is as easy as offering to read a menu at a restaurant, or making sure walk-ways are clear. The Government of Canada is currently listening closely to accessibility needs as they consult the public for the Canadian Disabilities Act, and along with the provinces and territories have laws that make sure accessibility is a priority for our communities.