“Improving accessibility benefits everyone, especially as our population ages,” says Squair. “There are many people – including businesses and organizations – who are breaking down barriers for people with disabilities by raising awareness, using universal design, or applying innovative technology in our community. These awards recognize and celebrate Calgarians who are doing this important work."
Nominations are open for the 2016 annual accessibility awards until Nov. 18. Submit a nomination for any of three categories:
The Advocacy Award
The Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or group of people who have improved the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Previous award recipients include Constable Christine Robinson (2013), Westside Recreation Centre (2014) and Accessible Housing’s RAD Renovations Program (2015).
The Access Recognition Award
The Access Recognition Award acknowledges how an individual or group, through universal design, has improved access for persons with disabilities in Calgary. This award covers improved physical access and/or technology or products.
Previous award recipients include Calgary Hard of Hearing Association (2013), Calgary Emergency Management Agency (2014) and the Fairmont Palliser Hotel (2015).
The Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award
Previous award recipients include Karim Rayani, manager of Calgary Transit Access (2013), Calgary Transit’s Travel Training Program (2014) and Jim Brown (2015), a long serving board member for Calgary Handi-bus.
The annual accessibility awards will be handed out in a public event close to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in December. Stay tuned for more details.
To nominate an individual or organization for an award, and to learn about some of The City's accessible services and programs, please visit calgary.ca/accessibility.