Wheel on Up

I’ve always marveled at the way ideas catch on.  Someone starts doing something at one end of the country – or even the continent – and lo and behold – someone else has the same brainwave.  Take ramps, for example.  If you live in an old part of any town and have any kind of mobility impairment, you know how difficult it can be to access a store.  There is almost always a step into get into that business.  Well, believe it or not, there is a Canadian organization called StopGap (http://stopgapblog.blogspot.ca/ )that is helping individuals and communities to build small colourful ramps.  And what did they do?  They broke a big problem down.  One ramp at a time.
So that really got me thinking.  What other small ways could groups and communities get together to solve problems and make life better for everyone?  Take the often thorny issue of employment for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Employers are wary of the additional demands on the workplace; they can’t see how to match the skill sets of the jobs with what the workers might bring to the job site.  It does seem like an insurmountable problem to change societal attitudes.  But how do we break it down, one employer, one workplace at a time?  What are the building blocks that a community needs to make it happen?  Ramps need blueprints, lumber and nails.  What are the tools we need to open up a few workplaces?
I’d love to hear some concrete suggestions.

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