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Client Stories: Remy – The Art of Making Life Easy!

I’m Remy Bernier, and I seek a better world for us because we are supposed to be all equal. I had two significant discriminations in the last few months. The first, my registration for a grant of $5000 was put in the garbage. The second one (and more critical) was my recent stay at the hospital. I have a speech disability, which makes me pretty hard to understand. I came to the hospital with a very specific problem. They had a hard time following, so they pretty much heard what they wanted to hear. I was admitted to the psychiatric unit, and they did absolutely nothing to solve my main concern. I’m extremely handicapped, and I live alone, with no home care, nobody supporting me. You will say no way, but it is true. I need to recommend not dropping home care unless you are in a significant life challenge. If they are making your life easier, then don’t drop them. I am all about getting life easier. For me, they were making my life more difficult. I gamble, and now I enjoy very much living, way more satisfaction than be living in an institute or group home. I recommend...Read More→

Our 2018/2019 Community Report is Live!

Accessible Housing’s 2018/2019 community report is now available! This latest rendition highlights our accomplishments during the fiscal year, including an in-depth overview of our programs, year-end financials, and recognition of our exceptional donors and partners. View the 2018/2019 community report here

Inclusio’s newly designed Wellness Room

Residents at Accessible Housing’s newest home, Inclusio may now enjoy a truly relaxing and therapeutic spa experience in the newly renovated Wellness Room designed by Schulman Design Inc. “When our team visited Inclusio, we were blown away by the amazing work they are doing for low-income Calgarians with limited mobility,” says Margot Schulman, CEO and Owner, Schulman Design. “We were immediately compelled to donate our design expertise, time and supplies to finish one of the only remaining areas, the Wellness Room.” The Wellness Room’s therapeutic bathing system is flexible and compatible with a range of transport and lifting aids that cover all resident mobility levels. Hydrotherapy systems help stimulate the senses, improve well-being, calm stressed or anxious people, ease pain and soreness, and sometimes even lead to reduced medications. The hydrotherapy tub was donated by the estate of a talented and compassionate Accessible Housing employee named Sharon, after her passing. “The water takes the heaviness out of your muscles and bones,” explains Kristine Lowry, Inclusio resident. “It’s relaxing and reduces the painkillers I need.” The Wellness Room is approximately 300 square feet and was very institutional in design. With some color, new millwork, furniture and heated towel bars, SDI transformed...Read More→

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→