Mayor Don Iveson recognized six individuals and businesses Thursday night for their work in increasing accessibility in our city.
Zachary Weeks, the Vice-Chair of Edmonton’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, called everyone who received an award a “shining star in our community,” but one recipient in particular stuck out for him.
“Walterdale theatre for installing a hearing loop for those with hearing challenges so they can enjoy the theatre just like anyone else.”
The hearing loop is essentially a Wi-Fi channel that people with hearing aids can connect to so they can hear the audio from the show through their aid.
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“Those with hearing aids can walk into the theatre and switch their t-coil [a Telecoil is a device that can be used as the input source instead of, or addition to, a microphone in a hearing aid] to the appropriate setting and they can hear everything in their inner ear just like anyone else could,” Weeks explained.
The winners of the 2016 Mayor’s Awards are:
- Outstanding Service: Nathan Kindrachuk for The Steadward Bears Para Swim Team
- Accessible Homes and Buildings Non-Residential: Walterdale Theatre
- Accessible Homes and Buildings in a facility or dwelling designed around persons with disabilities: Home 2 Suites by Hilton West
- Employer: Goodwill Industries of Alberta
- Employer in unpaid employment or volunteer: Svitlana Kadziela and St. Michael’s Extended Care
- Ewen Nelson Self-Advocacy: Robert Macklon
“Every year I am incredibly proud to present awards to Edmonton’s accessibility advocates and leaders,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “These Edmontonians’ determined spirit and capability to include all individuals, no matter the ability, is truly remarkable. Together we are building a more inclusive Edmonton.”
Each year the awards are presents by the Accessibility Advisory Committee to citizens who work to remove barriers to make Edmonton a more inclusive city. (kb/td)