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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 …

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 …

luke on a stopgap ramp, heading into a building and over a step

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 …

Gifts and products that support our work!

Hello StopGap Superfans! We’ve got lots of fun, colourful merchandise available to support our work with gifts for yourself or your community. If you’re interested in coming by our headquarters in downtown Toronto to pick up some goodies or getting something sent to you please check out our online store!   Each purchase of a …

Time to Ramp Up! Positive vibes for StopGap’s annual FUNraiser

Written by Benjamin Rempel A lighter approach to an important cause Even when he’s stressed, Luke Anderson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of StopGap Foundation, understands the importance of positive vibes. He has to. His company is founded on them. “One of our core values is having fun,” he says from his Toronto office. “And we …

Junior Designer – 2019 Summer Internship Position

Applications are now closed. If you are looking for our Summer 2020 posting, stay tuned to https://stopgap.ca/blog/ as this is where we’ll put up the Internship position posting in late April, 2020. ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT MAKING OUR WORLD A MORE INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE PLACE FOR EVERYONE? StopGap Foundation is looking for a rockstar student …

3 Benefits of Access Ramps for Your Business

In 2012, 1% of the total Canadian population used a wheeled mobility device. This may not sound like a lot, but this percentage doesn’t even begin to account for the people who use canes, walkers, push strollers or delivery carts, or have other mobility-related challenges. Imagine what this number would be if you included everyone …

The stop-start nature of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and what it means for Ontarians looking for an accessible province by 2025

Written by fellow accessibility advocate Dan Deering. “The AODA is faltering, it is now up to those that want to see a fully accessible and inclusive Ontario maintain pressure on the provincial institutions tasked with delivering it.” The uncertainty around councils, committees and public resource priorities that Doug Ford’s election win brought has now extended …