The District of Lake Country has an active Accessibility and Age Friendly Committee (AAFC), and they meet monthly to discuss ways to improve the access to their community. Here’s a couple of recent examples:
Accessible Podium for Council Chambers
The Committee noted the presentation podium in the Council Chambers wasn’t very user-friendly for all citizens; and two of the Parks staff took up the challenge to build a podium that was more inclusive and easy to use from a seated position.
“This project is truly heartwarming and inspiring,” said Marie Molloy, AAFC member. “It is a symbol of the best qualities of humankind in action – ingenuity, compassion and intelligence along with the desire to be a better and more inclusive community.”
The new podium was designed and built by Nick Garding and Lea Kunz. It features a power mechanism to raise or lower the enlarged table top housing a microphone, keyboard and mouse with enough space for speaking notes – all designed on an angle that works well for someone from a seated position.
Creekside Theatre now has an Assistive Listening System
The Creekside Theatre is pleased to announce the installation of the Auris Loop assistive listening system through a sponsorship generously provided by Lakeside Hearing & Tinnitus Centre. “Lake Country has been making large strides towards being a more accessible, inclusive community and eliminating barriers to participation in events and activities,” said Mayor James Baker.
“It’s wonderful that public facilities are becoming more accessible to people with hearing loss,” said Ryan Donn, Cultural Development Coordinator for Lake Country. “Thanks to sponsorship from Nichole Sorensen, owner and registered Audiologist at Lakeside Diagnostic Hearing & Tinnitus Centre, an assistive listening system has now been installed at Creekside Theatre. Individuals of all ages that use hearing aids will now be able to enjoy great shows and live music performances at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country.” Headphones will also be available for anyone that would prefer to use them.
In most places, hard of hearing people hear the broadcast sound, but only after it has traveled some distance from a loudspeaker, reverberated off walls, and gotten mixed with other room noise. Induction loop systems take sound straight from the source and deliver it right into the listener’s head. It’s as if one’s head was located in the microphone — without extraneous noise or blurring of the sound due to the distance from the sound source.
Two examples of how a community working together can make changes that have a lasting impact.