Vernon woman wins award for work on accessibility issues

Moore wants more inclusion

Katie Moore knows that of which she speaks.

The Vernon woman is an outspoken advocate for mobility inclusion in Vernon – and she will not take no for an answer.

Moore uses a wheelchair to get around and has spearheaded numerous programs to encourage the city and businesses to make all parts of the city accessible to everyone with mobility challenges including seniors and people pushing strollers.

To recognize her hard work, Moore received the Community Living British Columbia Widening Our World Award Tuesday at the downtown Kindale centre.

Moore has been thanking places with good accessibility – each business gets a sticker – and talking to businesses with poor access.

She has spoken to Vernon staff and council about accessibility and has launched a website to help people with mobility challenges get around the town. 

“We are fighting for inclusion and better access, not just for people with diversabilities, but for seniors and mothers who walk with buggies and we are fighting for better inclusion so people can get around better,” she said.

Ross Chilton, Community Living BC, said the work Moore is doing is vital to breaking down barriers for people with challenges.

“There was a time in BC when we segregated people with disabilities, getting them back in the community requires the community change both attitudinaly and physically,” said Chilton. “It's important that someone like Katie invites those organizations to make their locations more physically accessible.

“What's particularly impressive is she has worked on attitudinal accessibility; trying to make it such people understand that people who are different have every right to be part of the community.”

Chilton said BC has come a long way, but still has a long way to go.

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