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Accessibility - 'I felt . . . like nothing I guess'


What would make five-year-old Jaxon Mitchell say "I felt . . . like nothing I guess"?

We found out when Micheline Robichaud, Micheline For Ward 6 - Barrie candidate for City Council in Ward 6, relayed to us the story of Keith Mitchell, a father who had reached out to her to see if she could help him gain access for his son to a public path in the Ardagh Bluffs.

We then consulted with our friend Heather Morgan, who we reported on recently regarding her goal to swim, ride, and run in the Barrie Triathlon as part of an assisted team. She and her husband Trevor Morgan accomplished that goal for the first time ever this past summer. That story is coming. With Heather's help, we came to understand a little more about the issue of accessibility.

For most of us, access to stores, government buildings, services, and offices is easy. For some, that is not the case. We all like to think that the issue was resolved by the installation of ramps and door buttons, but as Heather showed us, the struggle continues as many buildings are simply not up to speed with the times.