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Are you a person with a disability who has faced barriers in Montreal? Would you like to tell your story about inaccessible venues? Were the barriers physical, intellectual, sensory? Related to housing, education, transit, employment, public or private venues and events?

You are cordially invited to be interviewed. Your story will be recorded on video and posted on a website for

RAMP: Realize an Accessible Montreal Project

You will be interviewed by a professional writer and journalist, in a social research/activism project that explores whether Montreal is faithful to the Quebec Charter of Rights.  The Charter guarantees full participation in society. Are Montrealers with disabilities able to fully participate? How so, and how is this not so? What solutions should we seek to these barriers? What personal success have you had with confronting inaccessibility?

The timeline for doing interviews is very short. Please respond by July 15th, 2019.

Interviews will be about 5 minutes long, in English. The interviewer is studying French, but is not fluent. Organizations who can provide interpretation are encouraged to respond.

RAMP will also:

-Visit identified physical sites, photograph barriers to accessibility where possible, and also post these on the website

-Create a central website directory of disability advocacy groups and resources

-Initiate a social media campaign to review accessible and inaccessible venues throughout the city

Participants will communicate from lived experience. Able bodied partners and attendants may be included upon a participant's request. Interpreters and assistive devices/service animals are, of course, welcome and encouraged.

Would your group like to arrange a Day of Storytelling for members, at your accessible location? Or are you a group of friends with disabilities who'd like to be interviewed in one location? Please contact us. Ensure participants are willing to be filmed, and their stories posted online. Signed consent will be necessary at the location.

Please email RAMP at: RampMontreal (at) gmail (d0t) com. Replace the words in parentheses with email-friendly symbols. In 100 words or less, kindly describe the barrier(s) you face in Montreal to full accessibility, and give an address to that location so we may not only interview you, but document the inaccessible site in person.

Please also let us know what accommodations you may need in order to be interviewed. Your interviewer can travel, but is unable to climb stairs or cope with cigarette/cannabis smoke.
She needs parking within a few blocks.

If you would like to help RAMP achieve its goals, you can:

-Forward this email

-Request a flyer to print and post.

We will send it to you via email attachment

-Suggest what would make a resource website more accessible for you

Your interviewer is a senior who lives with severe chronic pain from a degenerative spinal and neurological condition. She is a former Features writer for the Winnipeg Gazette, and has published two collections of stories from refugees. Three of her stories have been published by Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her social justice projects have been featured on Global TV, CBC and many other media. She spent decades working and volunteering with people who have a wide spectrum of disabilities.

Realize an Accessible Montreal Project is sponsored by QPIRG: The Quebec Public Interest Research Group

Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
10. Every person has a right to full and equal recognition and exercise of his human rights and freedoms, without distinction, exclusion or preference based on race, colour, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, civil status, age except as provided by law, religion, political convictions, language, ethnic or national origin, social condition, a handicap or the use of any means to palliate a  handicap. Discrimination exists where such a distinction, exclusion or preference has the effect of nullifying or impairing such right.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

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