Campaign aims to make London more wheel-chair accessible
Walking in downtown London, or other older areas of the city and you most likely wouldn't notice how many stores and businesses have one step entrances.
"I think there's a lot of light bulbs going off in a number of people's minds about this," says wheelchair user Dan Harvey.
"It's that one step that can be an incredible barrier for someone that uses a wheelchair or other mobility device," he says.
The Stopgap Foundation started in Toronto, and has now grown to London with a community ramp project which has a goal of getting 51 business to install temporary ramps at no charge thanks to a fundraiser that started this week.
The Give Ten Campaign was at 25% of its $4000 goal to cover materials.
"Everything else is supplied by volunteers, our lead team is volunteers, our contractors are volunteers, but $4000 are our costs to cover the materials for 51 ramps," says Lisa Bondy with Stopgap London.
Carol Vandenberg owns LA Mood Comics, and when she heard about the project she wanted to get one right away, and paid the more than $200 to have it installed immediately.
"I've been through three landlords and I've asked each one if we could have a ramp or something to make it more accessible. And they've all told me the same thing, they can't build anything permanent outside the door," says Vandenberg.
City bylaws prevent business owners from building permanent ramps but the Stopgap can be picked up and brought in every night or brought out by request.
So far, 30 businesses have signed up for the custom fitted ramps, and that has Harvey hopeful for things to come.
"I can't wait for a world that is totally inclusive and accessible. And will take my money. I have money! Take my business!" Henry exclaims.
You can sign up your business, become a volunteer or donate to the project by visiting stopgaplondon.ca.