Accessible transportation, Advocacy, Calgary Ability Network, YYC

A Better Future for Calgary’s Accessible Transportation

Mezaun Lakha-Evin, CPAA Associate Executive Director, chats with Doug Dirks, CBC journalist at the CAN Accessible Transportation Forum at the CRCA Hall on April 16, 2015. Photo credit: Calgary Ability Network

Mezaun Lakha-Evin, CPAA Associate Executive Director, chats with Doug Dirks, CBC journalist at the CAN Accessible Transportation Forum at the CRCA Hall on April 16, 2015.
Photo credit: Calgary Ability Network

Engaging in a lively and productive conversation, more than 100 Calgarians from the disability community participated in the Calgary Ability Network (CAN) Accessible Transportation Forum, gathering at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall on April 16. Panel presentations by Checker Transportation, The City of Calgary Livery Services, Calgary Transit, and Access Calgary opened the facilitated dialogue, which was followed by round-table discussions between individuals with disabilities, caregivers, family members of persons with disabilities, and leaders from organizations serving the disability community.

“The Accessible Transportation Forum was a fruitful avenue to gain first-hand insights into strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in our current system,” says Mezaun Lakha-Evin, CAN Transportation Co-Chair. “The tremendous participation numbers representing the various stakeholders bodes splendidly for our shared goal of creating a better future for Accessible Transportation in Calgary.”

The CAN Transportation Table acknowledges the support of the following funders and supporting partners, who made this forum possible: Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, The Calgary Foundation, Calgary Ability Network, Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary, SCOPE Society, Calgary Sound Rentals, Bridgeland Riverside Community Association, Access Calgary, Calgary Transit, The City of Calgary Livery Services, Checker Transportation, Canadian Deaf & Hard of Hearing, KLM Captioning Services, Beverley Walters, MA (Forum Moderator & Lead Facilitator), volunteers and Table Facilitators.