Schools to Build Wheelchair Ramps for Local Businesses

Cobourg, ON – October 15, 2013 – Two local secondary schools are volunteering to build temporary wheelchair ramps for interested businesses in Cobourg and Port Hope. This announcement came today from organizers of an upcoming Accessibility Forum for local businesses, who indicated that a representative will provide details about this initiative at the October 24 event. The Northumberland Accessibility Advisory Committee (NAAC) shared this information along with a list of additional speakers who will be presenting at the upcoming event, which will provide local businesses with tools and information on how to make their premises barrier-free for persons with disabilities. The Accessibility Forum is being held in preparation for the Ontario ParaSport Games coming to town in May 2014.

"The communities of Northumberland County continue to rally around legacy-building efforts in the lead-up to the ParaSport Games," stated NAAC Chair Cheryl Blodgett. "Students and staff from both Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East and Port Hope High School will be donating their time to build temporary ramps for interested businesses in these areas. Businesses will only pay a small fee to cover the cost of materials. The NAAC is currently approaching secondary schools in other communities in the County to determine whether they would be interested in working with local businesses in their area on a similar initiative."

The NAAC is encouraging businesses to attend the Accessibility Forum to learn more about how to access these services. This event will take place at the Cobourg Lions Community Centre on Thursday, October 24, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Based on the theme "Are you Ready?", the event will feature speakers who will provide details about options as well as benefits for businesses in making their establishments more accessible. Speakers announced today include:

  • Hector Macmillan, Warden, Northumberland County, on the important legacy of accessibility being generated in the County through hosting the 2014 Games;
  • Adam Vickers, Games Consultant, Sport Alliance Ontario, on the mandate of the Games;
  • Paul Macklin, Northumberland ParaSport Games Committee Chair, on plans for the 2014 Games;
  • Debbie Kirwin, Chair, Huntsville Accessibility Advisory Committee, on accessibility best practices learned during the 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games in Huntsville;
  • Debbie Hillyer, FishAbility Sports Club Inc., on adaptive sports for disabled persons.

A representative of Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East will also be on-hand to provide details on a program to build temporary wheelchair ramps for interested businesses. Registration for the October 24 Forum is free. To register, businesses are invited to call 905-372-3329 x2259, or to email For more information, visit our website.

Event Details

Where: Cobourg Lions Community Centre
157 Elgin Street East, Cobourg
When: October 24, 2013
6:00—9:00 p.m.

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