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What is Accessibility?
Let’s ask Wikipedia…
Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities.
The concept focuses on enabling access for people with disabilities, or special needs, or enabling access through the use of assistive technology; however, research and development in accessibility brings benefits to everyone.
Accessibility is strongly related to universal design which is the process of creating products that are usable by people with the widest possible range of abilities, operating within the widest possible range of situations. This is about making things accessible to all people, whether they have a disability or not.
Why should you care…
Chances are if you don’t currently have a disability; you or someone you know will have one at some point in your life. Now we don’t say this to scare you or predict some sort of doom and gloom, we say it because everyone will at some point benefit from an accessible world! Maybe because of an injury, an illness, or something that happened from birth; or maybe old age will reduce your mobility. The point is, beyond being thoughtful of the rest of society, don’t you want things to be easier when you need them instead of after the fact?
Accessible design will not only allow people of all abilities access and enjoyment of everything our city has to offer, but will also create a more productive society with a larger workforce that is more independent.
A common mistake can be to automatically think about visible disabilities but we must not forget the ones we can’t see; debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments.
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Accessible living can have many different meanings and take on many different forms. Each situation must be treated separately; for some accessibility could mean living in a condo with door openers and covered parking. Someone with hearing impairment may need a system to warn of a fire, and someone bound to a walker or wheelchair may need a grab bar or roll-in shower. Everyone is unique, and each disability presents its own set of unique challenges.
Raised in a “Real Estate Family,” in the Toronto area, Erin moved to Barrie in 2010. With the encouragement of family and friends, she launched herself into a real estate career, joining a top producing brokerage in Simcoe County. Savvy negotiations and cutting edge marketing strategies, join uncompromising integrity as the hallmark of Erin’s services. She is passionate about the needs and goals of all her clients, and specializes in bringing peace of mind, to home sellers and buyers.
A graduate from Western University, with a degree in Management and Finance. Aaron runs Frog Leg Mobility Inc., a producer and distributor of aids for people with limited leg mobility. He is also the owner of Lillie Properties Inc., leasing property in the Barrie area. Aaron is passionate about real estate and focuses on the waterfront condo market, as well as having a particular interest in accessible housing as he uses a wheelchair ever since an accident in 2007. Aaron is also an active member of Barrie’s own Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District.
Why we started it
We would like to promote local residents and businesses who are helping advance accessibility as well as bring to light things that we think should change. Finding a home should be a fun and easy process for everyone and we aim to make that a reality for people with disabilities.
How we can help finding an accessible home…
We have made it our duty to be the foremost authority on accessible housing in the Barrie area. Our team does its best to keep its finger on the pulse of accessibility issues and stock of homes in the area. We benefit from experience as well as relationships with several partners in the accessibility field.