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Northern Alberta town home to Canada’s first Disability Pride crosswalk

BARRHEAD - A group of 30 and 40 Barrhead disability self-advocates and their allies felt it was important to paint one of the crosswalks on the town's Main Street on July 7 in the Disability Pride flag patterns.

Des Huges, Criss Schaffrick and Elizabeth Hintz said that although Barrhead is home to the Blue Heron Support Services Association (BHSSA) and Life Empowerment, which provide support to those with physical and mental disabilities, there is still a lot of misinformation about the disabled and equitable access, hence the need for the Disability Pride flag crosswalk.

“Then when we saw all the work [OutProud, who have painted three temporary rainbow Pride crosswalks in the last three years], we knew we needed to do something similar,” Hughes said. “Even though Barrhead is a very welcoming community, people with disabilities face barriers all the time. While much progress has been made about awareness of disability issues and the need for better access, there is still much work to do.”

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