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Masked Communication: How to Support Individuals with Hearing Impairment During COVID-19

www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-03/08/c_138855683.htm  StopGap Foundation is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free world.  While the primary focus has been on physical barriers, StopGap also advocates for barrier-free communication. In this new physically distanced world, keeping safe and minimizing transmission of COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind. Along with washing hands, keeping 2 meters apart (when possible), and minimizing non-essential …

A graphic illustration of a video call with Rampman and 4 ramp rangers. The text reads: RAMPMAN: HEY TEAM! WE'RE GOING TO BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES AND PUT OUR PROGRAMMING ON PAUSE. WE'LL FIRE THINGS UP AGAIN WHEN THIS STORM LIFTS!

On Pause for Spring & Summer

We are taking a pause. Since StopGap Foundation was co-founded in 2013, we’ve consistently been growing and increasing our impact. 2019 was a huge year for StopGap and we were headed along an upwards trajectory in the first few months of 2020 with increased staffing, dedication towards process improvement and impact measurement. Then we entered …

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How to Improve Accessibility With Just Your Phone

As a person who uses a wheelchair, I can’t tell you the number of hours I have spent googling bars, restaurants, shops, and various venues in my city. Mind you, some of this time is spent eyeing a new restaurant menu – but the rest of the time is spent trying to find out if …

The Ramp Man Animated Storybook

In June of 2012, Luke Anderson’s sister surprised him with the most incredible gift ever – The Ramp Man Storybook! It was presented to Luke in the Summit Heights Public School gymnasium with the whole school. He was speechless and so happy that he started crying as a group of students sung their school’s theme song. We …

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When Social Distancing is Impossible: Health and safety strategies for people with disabilities

*This article was originally published in See Change – The Magazine of Social Entrepreneurship. Luke Anderson, social entrepreneur and executive director of StopGap Foundation requires assistance with everyday tasks. As a wheelchair user, Anderson depends on others to help with brushing his teeth, toileting, and getting in and out of bed. All of these responsibilities require a …

2 sets of 2 clear cups, meant to be like old fashion 'cup phones' each encasing a person. A person sitting on a chair waves at person standing in running gear and a person standing waves at a person seated in a wheelchair. The illustrator's name, Gracia Lam, is written below

Checking In: ‘Physical Distancing’ over ‘Social Distancing’

Hi community! Last week Luke sent a ‘Checking In’ message to our volunteers and newsletter subscribers conveying that our School Project and Team Building programming is on hold until further notice, but our Ramp Requests are still being processed (with extended/ uncertain turnover timelines). We continue to hold all of you in our thoughts, with …

Ramping Down The Risk

We are finding ourselves in an uncertain world where access is limited for everyone, and we thank you for all you are doing to ramp down the risk (#flattenthecurve) and keep yourselves and your community safe from the COVID-19 virus. As you likely know, this includes washing your hands with soap for at least 20 …