the City of Revelstoke Measures Up Accessbility

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In 2007, the City of Revelstoke initiated Measuring Up, a program aimed to encourage citizens with disabilities to actively participate in community life. Measuring Up also encourages communities to improve access to information for residents with disabilities and increase economic participation by creating job opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The City of Revelstoke received $15,000 from the Measuring Up Fund to implement priorities identified in a community assessment for improving accessiblity and inclusion. The funding enabled the City to establish a Measuring Up committee of local residents to look at ways in which the community could help to improve accessiblity and inclusiveness for residents with disabilities. For example, the Measuring Up committee has spearheaded the installation of automatic doors at several buildings in Revelstoke, inlcuding the Revelstoke Court House and Forum, improving access for persons with disabilities.

Measuring Up helps communities assess and improve how accessible and inclusive they are for people with disabilities, seniors and others with similar needs. The program includes a fund, established by the Province of British Columbia, which offers grants to communities to complete accessibility-related projects.