StopGap’s lightweight plywood ramps were painted in bright colours to attract attention. StopGap.ca was stenciled on each to drive people to learn about the project.
It became clear from the incredibly positive outcome of the first Community Ramp Project that similar projects could be launched in different communities across the GTA. It also proved to have huge potential in raising awareness about accessibility on a national scale.
A barrier free world
The StopGap Foundation hopes that through these kinds of community initiatives we can create our own informal legislation instead of waiting until 2025 – the projected due date outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Go to the site
WCAG, access to a physical and digital world
We understand that barriers can present themselves in many ways. Much like a step preventing many people from accessing a building, content available on the internet might be difficult to access for someone with a disability. The goal of web accessibility and WCAG guidelines is to establish inclusive access to information for people of all abilities. This website has been designed to Level AAA as established by the Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Our friends at Brightworks have ensured that specific web accessibility principles have been adhered to in the design of this website. These web accessibility principles include: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. Go to the site
Luke Anderson was a gifted athlete, he was passionate about seeking adventure in the great outdoors and loved working with his hands. He graduated from university with an engineering degree, was following his dream living in the mountains with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and was working as a home builder. He had the world at his fingertips.
In the fall of 2002 Luke and his good friend Johnny were riding down a tricky trail they had heard other mountain bikers raving about. They came upon a 25ft gap which Johnny cleared without a problem. Luke was determined to give it a try as well. He made sure he was in the right gear, gripped the handlebars tightly, pushed down hard on the pedals, left the takeoff platform, and his life as he knew it.
In that moment Luke went from being a physically independent person to someone who must now depend on others for help. In that instant he entered a world that was no longer completely accessible to him. This frustration is what led to the StopGap Foundation. The main focus of the foundation is the Ramp Project, a volunteer-run campaign that creates awareness about barriers in the built environment.