Jul 30, 2018

The Straw Free Debate

Members of the Disability Action Hall talk about the impact of the global straw free movement. 
We shared our stories with Plastic Free YYC's "Last Straw" campaign. 
We talked about our concerns if we only had straw-free restaurants and bars.
For the full article, please visit Plastic Free YYC's website.

Jun 26, 2018

We do Winter here!!! Thank you Calgary City Council

Many people worked together to share their winter stories with Calgary City Council earlier this month. 

People with reduced mobility, seniors, women, urban designers and business revitalization zones spoke on June 7th to the snow and ice motion lead by Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell and we are knee deep in gratitude Council voted in favour of the motion. 

Access Matters! We do winter here! 

9.5 million has been set aside to help Calgarians walk and move safely around in the winter. 

Here is the link to the news story! 

Thank you Calgary for caring and creating a snow removal plan that works for pedestrians and vehicles! 
Access matters! Complete streets that work for all of us matters. 

And we look forward to speaking to why this matters in November when our City decides on the budget!

Calgary is a winter City! And we do winter well here! 

May 24, 2018

And the count down continues!!! Disability Pride Buttons!

Disability Pride Buttons for June 3rd, 2018! 
We are busy getting ready for the June 3rd, 2018 Disability Pride Parade. 

This week we are busy making our 20th Anniversary Buttons, and we will be making posters to carry in the parade! 

Check out the parade guide, download it here! 

Disability Pride Parade Guide

May 3, 2018

Celebrating 20 years!

We are very excited to celebrate 20 years of the Disability Action Hall. 

One of the ways we are celebrating is making our annual event bigger and better. 
Watch out for this over-the-roadway banner that we were playing with last week! 

Coming to a bridge near you! 

This year we have partnered with Disability Pride Alberta!

We will be parading down beginning under the white trees 315 - 8 Avenue SW  and stroll down Stephen Avenue Mall at  11 am and walk down to Olympic Plaza. 

We are asking people to dress in the colours of teal and orange. And to help ensure we have enough food, grab your free ticket on eventbrite

Visit www.disabilitypridealberta.com for more information! 

Apr 27, 2018

What would Groot do? Fair Access for all YYC & YEG Comic Con

https://www.petitions24.com/fanexpoaccessibility Image from Marvels 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy

Members have asked to post the petition titled "Fair Accessibility Policy for Fan Expo Events' when we did not understand why FanExpo Canada changed its access policy.  Especially when we read the words of the loyal fans from Alberta Cosplayers with Disabilities that said on a petition site... 

We realize that many able-bodied people think it isn't fair to allow us to use the VIP/fast lines without "paying" the monetary price, but I assure you that we have more than paid the price for that spot in line through pain and quality of life. No one asks to have a disability, they are not "fair". Any one of us would gladly exchange our place in the fast line with someone in the regular line if they also took our reason for being there (disability/illness).

-Laura Taylor, Brain Tumour Survivor and co-founder of "Alberta Cosplayers with Disabilities"

Article: For the full CBC article, please see here 

Again we are puzzled... as some of our friends can only be away from medical care for a limited time and cannot stay in line too long. Why would a company want to deny access with dignity?

We are confused at the lack of insight why a company wishes to take something fun to a place that make us feel left out. Especially when the comic book industry is based on superheros who share similar journeys we can identify with...Take Groot for example... 
-Groot is often misunderstood and yet can make 4 words mean so many things.
- Sometimes little Groot needs help getting around and friends help out.
-Groot like ourselves learns what makes us extraordinary is awesome. 
-And in the meantime, saves the world.

Now who wouldn't want to be part of that? 

So what would Groot do? 

"I am Groot!" Translation: Sign the petition, we all have the right to have fun.

Apr 3, 2018

Photo Challenge! How we make Calgary safe winter for all?

Its' time to put your cameras to good use. 

Help us tell the story how we roll in snow & ice in Calgary!
This past winter, many of us stayed indoors. ❆
Can Calgary do better? ⛄

We think so.
Help us make Calgary a safer City for all. 

We hope to collect stories, poetry, letters and photos to help pass a notice of motion June 7th, 2018 (Yes 'Snow in June'). 

Email us your story or photo! 
Or if you like, print this picture  write a sentence or two, then send it back to us before April 25th, 2018! 

Tell us how snow removal would help make your life better in Calgary

And if you want to come and talk to council to support the motion get ready for Thursday, June 7th! 

Tell us how better snow removal creates a safer community for you! Due April 25th, 2018

Here is what the motion asks for (plainer language version)

1. Fines for failure to clear your sidewalk with the existing 24-hour rules.

2. Update snow removal to be the same as the new 'Pedestrian Strategy'

3. Identification of a high-priority network for clearing so that Calgarians can reach transit, shops, schools, offices, and other major destinations.

4. More coordination between City departments.

5. Faster times for City to clear snow just like home owners and business.

6. Ways to look at snow removal on Calgary’s 78 km of walkways.

7. Guidelines for clearing wheelchair ramps, curb cuts, and sidewalk crossings of lanes.

8. Improved 311 phone, website, and mobile app reporting.

9. Make sure there is a plan for winter snow removal fund for City departments whenever new place is built.

10. Ways to help Calgarians who are unable to clear shared space with the City property and their property. 

Mar 16, 2018

Why not share why “On-Demand Taxi Service matters to your City Councillor?

Did you know only about 11% of our taxis are accessible in our City?Some of us have waited more than 90 minutes or up to 5 hours for an on demand taxi. 

We think this needs to change. And you can be of help! 

19% of the Taxis in New York are accessible and have a central dispatch
Last week, Members of the  Disability Action Hall, as well as taxi drivers and Citizens from the community attended the committee and spoke in favour of the recommendations going before council known as "The Accessible Taxi Review". 

What we heard at the meeting: 
  • It costs more to drive an accessible taxi in gas, maintain a ramp and be well trained. 
  • Taxi drivers need more funds to drive accessible taxis 
  • We need more taxi plates also be given funds to keep the accessible taxi plates, we are about 11% of our taxis are accessible. 
  • We also want a central dispatch system to find out when the taxis are coming. 
  • It will funded by a per trip fee on every taxi in the City (.20 cents more). 

On Monday, March 19th City Council will be discussing making 24/7 on demand taxi service a reality. To learn about the report, visit “Accessible Taxi Review” (Item CPS2018-0127)

How you can help....
Why not share why “On Demand Taxi Service matters to your City Councillor?

This weekend, we ask if you also support the recommendations, to either
1.  Call 311 or contact your City Councillor to support the recommendations going forward.
2.     Email the Office of City Councillors:

picture of speeding wheelchair on blue background

The official language of the recommendations are below. 

1.     Receive the report for information
2.     Endorse the Phase 1 Accessible Incentive Program Framework in Attachment 1 and direct Administration to:
a. Fund the incentive through a per-trip fee applied to all taxi and Transportation Network Companies trips;
b. Bring forward amendments to the Livery Transport Bylaw 6M2007 based on this option no later than 2018 Q3;

3.     Direct Administration to monitor the effectiveness of the Accessible incentive Program for up to two years and report back to Council, through the SPC on Community and Protective Services, no later than 2020 Q2; and
4. Direct Administration to explore options related to a pilot central dispatch approach including but not limited to:
a. Considering innovative technologies; and
b. Utilizing Calgary Transit Access or other existing mechanisms as a dispatch resource.

Mar 13, 2018

3 Ways to have your say about a Disability Advocate!

By March 31st, the Minister wants to you to tell them in a survey why we need a Disability Advocate Office.

Why do we think this is a good idea? Why would a self-advocacy group want a disability advocate? 

We all have a voice.
Some of us need support to help speak up for ourselves.
File photo "Now You See Me" 
We have been doing self-advocacy for the last 20 years in the province. 

Many of our friends are not lucky enough to come to the weekly meetings at the Disability Action Hall. 

We know there are self-advocacy groups and offices around Alberta. 

But is it enough?

Are you stuck? 

Are you... 

  • Stuck in your home?   
  • Need more than a website to help with a problem you are facing?
  • Find the government too confusing and don't know where to start?
  • Can't afford to pay for a doctors test to help get services?
  • Have been on a wait list too long? 
  • Been turned down for services and don't know why? 
  • Don't know how or where to go for help? 
  • Don't know your rights? 
  • Don't know how the government can help you find services?
  • Want to know how the government is helping people with disabilities year after year?
  • Have a worker but they too don't know how to help you with a problem? 
  • Have friends that can help, but maybe someone could train people around the province to help more? 
Then maybe, you might want to share why we need a disability advocate office. 
We are excited about this chance to share our thoughts about the role of the new office. 

3 ways you can share your ideas


 Do the survey!

1. Try the Survey

If you would like to share your ideas, try the survey
You can also download a version ahead of time by clicking on this link if you need to see the questions ahead of time. 

2. Send an email


3. Use the phone 

Or Use the toll-free number. 

Dial 310-0000 

Then ask or dial (780) 422-1095 

Jan 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

Members of the Disability Action Hall want to wish you
 a Happy New Year and all the best for 2018! 

Pictured members of the Disability Action Hall and the Alberta Premier's Council on Status of Persons with Disabilities during a recent visit December 2017

Our next Hall meeting in Thursday, January 18, 2018. 
Warmest wishes of the Season to you! 

Dec 4, 2017

December 3rd, United Nations celebrates International Day of Disabled Persons, more than one reason to celebrate!

Members of the Disability Action Hall were pleased to join in on the community celebration at Calgary City Hall on Friday, December 1st, 2017. This was an especially warm day as our City Council voted in favour of no cuts to transit routes and to continue the sliding scale so all Calgarians can afford the bus in the City Budget! 

Way to go Calgary. And big thanks to Calgary City Council!

To honour the community, there was plenty of drumming, speeches and over 50 tables celebrating disability pride, culture and efforts. We also made a short video of our day working at our vendor table. 

Minister of Parliament Honourable Kent Hehr also announced the tabling of the new Optional Protocol "Allows individuals in Canada to make a complaint to the United Nations if they believe their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) have been violated." 

Congratulations to the Albertans who received the Premier's Council on Status of Persons with Disabilities awards. And stay tuned for City of Calgary's Advisory Committee on Accessibility which will happen at a later date in the Council chamber. 

Thank you again to all the organizers and all the beautiful people who came to celebrate! To stay informed of next year's activities check out the www.calgaryidpd.com website! 

We are loud and proud!