Barrier Free Design Consultant
Educator | Interior Design Consultant | All Access Recreation Consultant | Disability Advocate | Founder & Executive Director of RAD Recreation Adapted Society | Canada's 1st Female Wheelchair Bodybuilder | Bronze Medal Holder for Canada in Adaptive Surfing | Canada's Only Competitive Paraplegic Golfer | Outdoor Recreation Addict | Foodie | Fitness Lover | Heavy Equipment Operator | World Traveller | Paraplegic
I help everyone get where they want to go by working with businesses and organizations to create barrier free spaces.
I spend the majority of my time providing people with mobility challenges access to recreation, connecting them with the proper people, organizations and equipment in order to push the limits of their independence. This has subsequently led me to use my design and building experience, and lived experience as a daily wheelchair user, to consult for businesses and public recreation spaces that wish to excel in barrier free access, providing an action plan to move forward with retrofitting &/or new building. Since my spinal cord injury in August 2014 accessibility and inclusion has consumed my daily thoughts and actions.
My mission is to help others by combining my able-bodied life experiences and knowledge base with my now-life as an active paraplegic and wheelchair user. Before sustaining a spinal cord injury I insisted on wearing high heels while I designed and built barriers into every project that came my way. Now I spend my time breaking down these barriers, educating and providing plans that promote inclusive spaces for all people, regardless of their physical abilities or sensory deprivations.
Businesses, public facilities, and corporations eager to make everyones experience better by educating their staff and striving for the most inclusive access possible in their built environments.
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“Tenacity and Saltiness” — Tanelle Bolt
Invite me to your public space, corporate office, or your own backyard to talk about access for all. Perhaps there are inexpensive, easy ways to ease the troubles of access.
When these problems are discussed and solved it proves to streamline everyone's lives, not just the lives of those living with seen challenges.
In this photo I am consulting at Shawnigan Lake School, where I am highlight the concerns on a campus designed for your typical able bodied, adult male.
I am seen here being lifted by two sweaty rugby players to make our way up the front steps to the chapel for Saturday Service. It started in the parking lot that does not have an indicated accessible parking stall, to the bottom of these steps where there was no indication of an available ramp (3/4 of the way up the stairs the ladies at the top informed me of the ramp around the back of the building...too late), this then led to the tour of their new main hall which was newly designed and constructed by a local Vancouver Island architectural firm that did not account for any accessibility into the front of the entire building.
This is the same scenario for many public buildings. It is shameful that this private school discriminates against everyone with a handicap or disability that limits their mobility. Discouraging students, parents, and staff alike.
How are you educating yourself and your kids?
Pro Tips For Paras
My YouTube Channel were myself and other wheelie great people talk about daily living tasks, rant on 'the system', and showcase the tips and tricks we use to go about our lives in the most 'normal' way possible.
This channel is not just for paraplegics but for everyone wishing to further their education and gain a perspective in adversity before reaching it themselves.
Speaking at TEDxLangford on 'My Turning Point'
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Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium, Whitehorse YT, 2019.
Hire me to speak on adaptive recreation! Let's talk about making both indoor and outdoor recreation more accessible to all, and the many different pieces of adaptive equipment that are available to help achieve this for people of diverse abilities.
Give me the opportunity to educate you and your team on the vast opportunities available when you reach out to include everyone!
RAD POLAR PLUNGE IV
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 | 12-6pm
Kinsmen Beach, Invermere BC
This community event is hosted by RAD Recreation Adapted Society, as we raise money towards adaptive sport & recreation equipment and awareness of inclusion in outdoor spaces.
We are the only polar plunge that cut a hole in the ice covered lake, build a hot tub on the surface of the ice, complete with hot & cold beverages and hot dog roasting over the fire!
See you on the lake!!
Visit www.radsociety.ca for more information
The first have-a-go day between RAD Society and Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCIBC) at James Chabot Beach in Invermere BC.
We brought athletes together from across the Kootenays to allow a day of fun on bikes on the beach and boards in the water.
Bringing adaptive athletes together to play with new toys and meet new people!
These RAD adventures will continue into Yukon this Summer 2020!
Introducing Western Canada to adaptive golf!
The Paragolfer is an electric driven, stand-up golf cart that allows people with limited mobility, loss of mobility due to aging, amputated lower limbs, balance concerns (MS, CP), or any form of paralysis, to stand up and play.
This piece of adaptive equipment encourages individuals to participate in many other activities as well as golf: archery, shooting, weight lifting, fishing, or as a standing frame to hug a loved one and weight bare.
Stay tuned as the adaptive golf program is coming this Spring 2020 to Langford BC1