The 2017 Advisory Committee on Accessibility Awards (ACA) Recipients
The City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) provides advice and support on important issues that impact the needs of people with disabilities, including building design, transportation and services. The ACA sponsors these annual awards to raise awareness about the importance of accessibility and universal design.
Name: Marilyn Erho
Job title: Special Events & Peer Coordinator at Spinal Cord Injury Alberta
Why she won the Advocacy Award:
Marilyn Erho was presented with the Advocacy Award for her involvement in the Kids Up Front program. Marilyn is an advocate and voice for those with new spinal cord injuries. She helps individuals and families deal with the effects of an injury and provides support that helps them rebuild their lives. It's because of advocates like Marilyn that venues and community organizations in Calgary are making gains in the area of accessibility. Marilyn's guidance has had a large impact on all of the Kids Up Front programs and the ability to accommodate more clients with accessibility needs. Kids Up Front creates opportunities and life-changing experiences for children, youth and families and is proud to have Marilyn as a volunteer.
Name: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) Accessibility Services department
Why SAIT's Accessibility Services department won the Access Recognition Award:
The Access Recognition Award was presented to SAIT's Accessibility Services department for outstanding support of students with disability and accessibility needs. This team of employees is constantly expanding their knowledge through relationships with experts and learning best practices to ensure students are fully supported in an academic setting. Whether they are applying for funding, helping student’s secure appropriate accommodations and adaptive technology or providing employment readiness resources, their dedication to advocacy on disability related issues within the SAIT community is making a real impact for students.
Name: The Calgary International Airport YYC LINK Passenger Shuttle
Why the YYC LINK Passenger Shuttle won the Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award:
The Calgary International Airport YYC LINK Passenger Shuttle was the recipient of the Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award for the design of a universally accessible compact transit system that does not differentiate between levels of mobility. The YYC LINK Passenger Shuttles, the route, and the operating systems, promote equitable use and a culture of acceptance. This project is the result of a partnership between the YYC Airport Authority and GEC Architecture, who worked with the YYC Accessibility Committee on specific disability recommendations. The shuttle is an example of what a strong sense of diversity and collaboration between partners can create.