Kindale Developmental Association executive director B Elliott (from left)

Funds enable access

People with disabilities in Armstrong are benefitting from improved accessibility in Kindale’s Bechtold Centre

People with disabilities in Armstrong are benefitting from improved accessibility in Kindale’s Bechtold Centre as a result of funding from the federal government.

Kindale Developmental Association received $22,660 for renovations to the Bechtold Centre through the Enabling Accessibility Fund.  Renovations include concrete ramps and stairs, automatic door opening system, paint, lighting, flooring, and accessible kitchen.

“Our government is proud to help people with disabilities gain better access to community facilities, programs and services,” said Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP. “We are dedicated to ensuring all Canadians have the opportunity to participate more fully in all our society has to offer.”

“Kindale is pleased to have received this contribution from the Government of Canada. The renovations have made life so much easier for our individuals, volunteers, and staff,” said B Elliott,  Kindale executive director.

“The Bechtold Centre is now a more welcoming, comfortable, and safer space for community groups as well.  We make the Centre available to community groups for evening and weekend use at a very nominal cost.  Anyone who is interested should just call our office to enquire.”

To continue to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including in workplaces, the federal government proposes in its Economic Action Plan 2013 to extend the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year.

Kindale Developmental Association supports individuals with developmental and other disabilities in the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap.




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