Across the Boards – Fall 2018 Feature

Waterloo Region District School Board

Rick Hansen Barrier Buster Event
(Originally posted December 1, 2017)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kyle Penticost

Today, we celebrated a big achievement in accessibility and inclusivity in our schools with the unveiling of a new portable wheelchair lift at Glencairn Public School. We strive to create an environment for all of our students and staff that values independence, dignity, inclusiveness and respect. This lift removes a significant barrier in our schools so that no one is excluded from fully and actively participating in events on stage.

We were honoured to have Tracy Schmitt join us to share her story and the important message that everyone should be included.

We want to express our gratitude to the Rick Hansen Foundation for their generous grant that made the purchase of this lift possible. Rick Hansen sees one of the biggest barriers that people with disabilities still face are physical barriers to common spaces. This lack of access can prevent people with disabilities from feeling a part of their communities. We are so proud to be able to remove another physical barrier in our schools so that all students and staff experience a sense of belonging.

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