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Rick Hansen Foundation Announces – Accessible City Award

WHAT IS YOUR CITY DOING? Municipalities across Canada are taking a broader view of social responsibility. In addition to the multitude of programs committed to environmental sustainability and community diversity, leading Canadian cities are planning accessibility into their built environments and encouraging their communities to be more inclusive.

To celebrate this good work, showcase the best national accessibility programs among municipalities both large and small, and measure progress towards a fully accessible Canada, the Rick Hansen Foundation has created the Accessible Cities Award.

We see this as an opportunity to shine a light on leaders in our built environment; a chance to recognize municipalities – and the planners, developers, architects and builders they work with – for creating accessible places and spaces for people with disabilities. The Award is a symbol to your community and district partners that your municipality cares and works to improve the quality of life for all members of our community.

We want to hear your stories. We want to learn about the efforts your city is making to promote universal access and improve the lives of people with disabilities. We want to acknowledge your initiatives, highlight best practices, and measure our collective progress as we move towards a fully accessible Canada.

What’s your city doing to be a more barrier-free and inclusive environment?

Who Can Apply?

Any municipality in Canada, regardless of population size, is encouraged to apply.

Three winners will be chosen, acknowledging a first, second and third place. Municipalities will also be invited to nominate up to five places or spaces (public or private sector) in their city that exemplify best practices in universal access. Up to five winning places will be inducted into the Accessible Cities Circle of Excellence.

Applications close, March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in late May of 2017.

How To Apply

It’s easy to apply. There is no cost to do so, and the application process is straightforward.

Simply create an account in our online application system and then complete the Accessible Cities Award form.

https://rickhansen.fluidreview.com/?lang=en

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About the Author: Mary-Jo Fetterly

Hello, I’m Mary-Jo and I am passionate about accessibility and inclusion. I am very excited to be a curator for this Hub, which is presented by the Rick Hansen Foundation. Since my spinal cord injury in 2004, I have been involved with, or alongside the RH Foundation in working toward a more inclusive, accessible world. Living with paralysis is direct exposure to the challenges and issues that face millions of people worldwide. In my work with professional and civic organizations including current appointments at City of Vancouver – Person’s With Disability Advisory Committee, Vancouver Resources Society, Civil Rights Now and The RHI Consumer Advisory Panel – I experience the complexity of addressing the issues to deliver relevant and meaningful change. Here is where The Hub, and you and I come in. With our professional and direct relationships on matters of access and inclusion we can accelerate the pace of change through the sharing of resources, knowledge and ideas. We are all contributor’s here, so please join us on this new and innovative platform. You are welcome to email me and I look forward to seeing you here, on ‘The Hub’. Read more posts from Mary-Jo Fetterly.

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