Accessibility projects get federal funding boost

News Jul 27, 2015 by Mike Peeling Brant News

The federal government has announced more than $400,000 in funding to improve accessibility across Brantford-Brant.

MP Phil McColeman, on behalf of Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen, named 11 local organizations receiving $423,574.00 in funding for local projects to break down barriers and improve accessibility for persons with disabilities through the enabling accessibility fund (EAF). On Wednesday, July 22, McColeman was joined by representatives from each of the organizations receiving funding at the Canadian Deafblind Association Ontario chapter headquarters in Paris to celebrate the projects moving forward.

The Canadian Deafblind Association’s Ontario Chapter is receiving $50,000 to construct a new sensory garden.

Executive director Cathy Proll said the staff was working with an accessibility expert from England, Barbara McCormick, when she suggested it would be great for the CDBA to have an accessible garden or “sensory garden” for their clients to enjoy.

“’Wouldn’t that be great?’ Barbara said,” Proll recalled.

An application for federal funding grew out of the idea to design a garden on the new resource centre’s site in Paris.

Proll said the garden will have a raised floor, ramp and plants that appeal to senses other than sight.

“We’ll have plants that give off different, strong scents and make different noises, like tall grasses that make lots of noise when they blow in the wind,” she said.

The garden will also feature an accessible swing where people can sit and enjoy a water feature, as well as a drumming area, and a musical bench that goes off when you sit.

Ultimately, Proll said the sensory garden will be something akin to an outdoor Snoezelen room, which is an indoor space with interactive stations meant to stimulate the senses of those who are deaf and blind. The CDBA’s Main Street resource centre has a Snoezelen room, and a music room that works much along the same lines.

Proll said she hopes the sensory garden can also be open to the public at times and would be a great spot for seniors to visit.

· Woodview Children’s Services will receive $21,271 to approve acoustics and lighting for the hearing and visually impaired.

· Brantford Parks & Recreation is receiving $50,000 for accessibility upgrades to the new Kiwanis Field.

· The Brantford Flight Centre is receiving $50,000 to install a ramp, automated doors and accessible washrooms at the Brantford Airport.

· Sydenham Street United Church is receiving $50,000 for washroom renovations.

· St. Basil’s Parish will receive $40,931 for the construction of an exterior accessible ramp.

· St. Leonard’s Community Services was awarded $50,000 for the construction of an exterior ramp, railing and the installation of automated door openers.

· The County of Brant will receive $48,051 in order to create an accessible playground at Lions Park.

· Brantwood Community Services is receiving $4,680 to install automated door openers and an evacuation mechanism.

· Cross All Bridges Learning Centre is receiving $21,417 to construct accessible washrooms, an exterior ramp and automated doors.

· The Adult Recreational Therapy Centre is receiving $37,224 for the installation of an elevator at its new location. 

Accessibility projects get federal funding boost

News Jul 27, 2015 by Mike Peeling Brant News

The federal government has announced more than $400,000 in funding to improve accessibility across Brantford-Brant.

MP Phil McColeman, on behalf of Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen, named 11 local organizations receiving $423,574.00 in funding for local projects to break down barriers and improve accessibility for persons with disabilities through the enabling accessibility fund (EAF). On Wednesday, July 22, McColeman was joined by representatives from each of the organizations receiving funding at the Canadian Deafblind Association Ontario chapter headquarters in Paris to celebrate the projects moving forward.

The Canadian Deafblind Association’s Ontario Chapter is receiving $50,000 to construct a new sensory garden.

Executive director Cathy Proll said the staff was working with an accessibility expert from England, Barbara McCormick, when she suggested it would be great for the CDBA to have an accessible garden or “sensory garden” for their clients to enjoy.

“’Wouldn’t that be great?’ Barbara said,” Proll recalled.

An application for federal funding grew out of the idea to design a garden on the new resource centre’s site in Paris.

Proll said the garden will have a raised floor, ramp and plants that appeal to senses other than sight.

“We’ll have plants that give off different, strong scents and make different noises, like tall grasses that make lots of noise when they blow in the wind,” she said.

The garden will also feature an accessible swing where people can sit and enjoy a water feature, as well as a drumming area, and a musical bench that goes off when you sit.

Ultimately, Proll said the sensory garden will be something akin to an outdoor Snoezelen room, which is an indoor space with interactive stations meant to stimulate the senses of those who are deaf and blind. The CDBA’s Main Street resource centre has a Snoezelen room, and a music room that works much along the same lines.

Proll said she hopes the sensory garden can also be open to the public at times and would be a great spot for seniors to visit.

· Woodview Children’s Services will receive $21,271 to approve acoustics and lighting for the hearing and visually impaired.

· Brantford Parks & Recreation is receiving $50,000 for accessibility upgrades to the new Kiwanis Field.

· The Brantford Flight Centre is receiving $50,000 to install a ramp, automated doors and accessible washrooms at the Brantford Airport.

· Sydenham Street United Church is receiving $50,000 for washroom renovations.

· St. Basil’s Parish will receive $40,931 for the construction of an exterior accessible ramp.

· St. Leonard’s Community Services was awarded $50,000 for the construction of an exterior ramp, railing and the installation of automated door openers.

· The County of Brant will receive $48,051 in order to create an accessible playground at Lions Park.

· Brantwood Community Services is receiving $4,680 to install automated door openers and an evacuation mechanism.

· Cross All Bridges Learning Centre is receiving $21,417 to construct accessible washrooms, an exterior ramp and automated doors.

· The Adult Recreational Therapy Centre is receiving $37,224 for the installation of an elevator at its new location. 

Accessibility projects get federal funding boost

News Jul 27, 2015 by Mike Peeling Brant News

The federal government has announced more than $400,000 in funding to improve accessibility across Brantford-Brant.

MP Phil McColeman, on behalf of Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen, named 11 local organizations receiving $423,574.00 in funding for local projects to break down barriers and improve accessibility for persons with disabilities through the enabling accessibility fund (EAF). On Wednesday, July 22, McColeman was joined by representatives from each of the organizations receiving funding at the Canadian Deafblind Association Ontario chapter headquarters in Paris to celebrate the projects moving forward.

The Canadian Deafblind Association’s Ontario Chapter is receiving $50,000 to construct a new sensory garden.

Executive director Cathy Proll said the staff was working with an accessibility expert from England, Barbara McCormick, when she suggested it would be great for the CDBA to have an accessible garden or “sensory garden” for their clients to enjoy.

“’Wouldn’t that be great?’ Barbara said,” Proll recalled.

An application for federal funding grew out of the idea to design a garden on the new resource centre’s site in Paris.

Proll said the garden will have a raised floor, ramp and plants that appeal to senses other than sight.

“We’ll have plants that give off different, strong scents and make different noises, like tall grasses that make lots of noise when they blow in the wind,” she said.

The garden will also feature an accessible swing where people can sit and enjoy a water feature, as well as a drumming area, and a musical bench that goes off when you sit.

Ultimately, Proll said the sensory garden will be something akin to an outdoor Snoezelen room, which is an indoor space with interactive stations meant to stimulate the senses of those who are deaf and blind. The CDBA’s Main Street resource centre has a Snoezelen room, and a music room that works much along the same lines.

Proll said she hopes the sensory garden can also be open to the public at times and would be a great spot for seniors to visit.

· Woodview Children’s Services will receive $21,271 to approve acoustics and lighting for the hearing and visually impaired.

· Brantford Parks & Recreation is receiving $50,000 for accessibility upgrades to the new Kiwanis Field.

· The Brantford Flight Centre is receiving $50,000 to install a ramp, automated doors and accessible washrooms at the Brantford Airport.

· Sydenham Street United Church is receiving $50,000 for washroom renovations.

· St. Basil’s Parish will receive $40,931 for the construction of an exterior accessible ramp.

· St. Leonard’s Community Services was awarded $50,000 for the construction of an exterior ramp, railing and the installation of automated door openers.

· The County of Brant will receive $48,051 in order to create an accessible playground at Lions Park.

· Brantwood Community Services is receiving $4,680 to install automated door openers and an evacuation mechanism.

· Cross All Bridges Learning Centre is receiving $21,417 to construct accessible washrooms, an exterior ramp and automated doors.

· The Adult Recreational Therapy Centre is receiving $37,224 for the installation of an elevator at its new location.