On Tuesday, November 12, members of the Tridel Take Action Team traveled to the Toronto Tool Library at the Centre for Social Innovation for a day of ramp-painting in support of the StopGap Charitable Foundation.
The StopGap Ramps
StopGap is a registered charitable foundation whose mission is to help communities discover the benefit of barrier free spaces and provide support to create them. One of the main ways they achieve this is by constructing ramps that help bridge the gap between entryways and the ground in single-step environments. The concept is simple, the result is impactful. In fact, since the installation of the first ramp in 2011, Stop Gap ramps have been so well received, they recently surpassed the 2000-ramp mark and can be found in multiple locations around Canada and have expanded into the United States with their first ramp in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Creating Accessible Communities
Tridel donated funds to provide 12 local businesses around the city with StopGap’s trademark colourful ramps to improve accessibility and members of the Take Action Team were on-hand to paint and finish the preparation of the ramps. It was a wonderful day, filled with paint splatter and meaningful conversation. During the lunch break, StopGap’s Executive Director, Luke Anderson, spoke with the team about the importance of Universal Design in creating barrier-free environments that can be enjoyed by all persons, regardless of ability.
Our mission is to create communities and homes that are Built for Life. For everyone’s life. This means ensuring everyone in the community has equal opportunity and access and enjoy the entire community. As leaders in our industry, Tridel is takes this responsiblity seriously and we are continually working to improve the design and inclusiveness of our built environments. This mission is only achievable through engagement and ongoing education with informed community members like Luke Anderson and through the continued exposure to principles of universal and adaptable design.