All posts by Chloe Mansfield

Welcome Back Michelle Rhode

  A message from David McElhanney, Interim Executive Director at Accessible Housing: We would like to welcome Michelle Rhode back to resume her position as Executive Director at Accessible Housing starting May 21, 2019. As you may recall, Michelle has been on maternity leave since June of last year. It has been my honour to serve as Interim ED for the last four months. Moving into this role from the board has been a great opportunity to gain deeper insight to the amazing people and work that make up Accessible housing. I will resume my position as a director and Chair on Accessible Housing’s Board of Directors following a brief transition period with Michelle. We appreciate your support and partnership with Accessible Housing and welcome opportunities to connect with you going forward. Meanwhile, please feel free to reach out to Michelle at michelle@accessiblehousing.ca to welcome her back. Sincerely, Dave McElhanney

Physical Access to Community Spaces

We asked 17-year-old wheelchair user and advocate, Erin Novakowski to share what she thinks is most important to create accessible, inclusive communities. Click here to read the full post. Here’s an excerpt on how to identify and tackle the issue of physical barriers in a community space. The first things that often come to mind when we hear the word accessibility are things like ramps, automatic doors, and larger bathroom stalls. This is because physical inaccessibility is one of the most obvious forms of exclusion, and it’s something that both disabled and non-disabled individuals can recognize easily. It does not take much to understand that if a building has stairs, individuals who use wheelchairs cannot enter. This goes for all types of disabilities, and even though it may seem simple, it’s also important to realize that a ramp does not automatically mean a building is accessible. Things like insufficient or dim lighting, excessive use of flashing or strobe lighting, or signage without braille can make spaces inaccessible to large groups of people. The reason this is such an important cause to fight for is because if disabled people cannot physically enter a space, they are being entirely left out of...Read More→

Five Fights Worth Fighting

Lack of accessibility is one of the most important issues facing our society today, and it’s necessary for us to look at what we can all do to make our communities inclusive towards everyone. By taking the time to learn about the small things we can do as individuals to help create accessible spaces, it becomes easy to realize that accessibility is not a hindrance or burden, but a life-changing tool that makes communities stronger and more diverse. True accessibility is multi-faceted and deals with not only physical spaces, but social issues, representation, and personal experience. As a disabled individual, I see firsthand both the issues and the progress made in my community regarding inclusion and access. In this post, I’ll be speaking about five of the most important accessibility issues that together, we can solve. 1. Physical Access to Community Spaces The first things that often come to mind when we hear the word accessibility are things like ramps, automatic doors, and larger bathroom stalls. This is because physical inaccessibility is one of the most obvious forms of exclusion, and it’s something that both disabled and non-disabled individuals can recognize easily. It does not take much to understand that...Read More→

Join us for the Calgary Charity Challenge!

Are you looking for a way to be active while giving back? Look no further! Accessible Housing is participating in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge. This event is inclusive, so you can RUN, WALK or ROLL and fundraise for Accessible Housing! Date: Sunday, May 26th, 2019 Location: Stampede Park, 650 25 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB T2G 4K8 This year our goal is $5,000 to help Calgarians with limited mobility! Support Team Accessible Housing and register to participate and fundraise. Here’s how: If you have any questions, please contact chloe@accessiblehousing.ca. Not interested in participating? You can always sponsor our team by clicking here.