#3 Fall 2013: “Better than you found it”

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Accessibility for Humanity
Accessibility For Humanity is an organization that creates solutions for accessibility. There is lots of policy in place for creating an inclusive society. Our role is to act to make the policy a reality. Our first project is to help local businesses get portable ramps and raise awareness of places that have alternative accessible entrances. We are interested in creating low cost solutions to make accessibility easy to adopt. Accessibility allows inclusion and contribution to society for everyone.
Chris Binkowski
info at accessibilityforhumanity dot org
Support Group  for Parents with Blindness/Visual Impairment
Vivian Sollows
viviansollows at gmail.com
Second Grace Vintage
Second Grace Vintage is an Ottawa company just getting started. Its aim is to tell the stories of Ottawa men and women whose clothing collection narrates a life of adventures and successes. We bridge
vintage clothing sales with oral history and shine a light on the people whose clothing we sell.
Esmeralda Smith Romero
es.meralda at mac.com
An online database of literary magazines that allows writers to easily search for magazines that fit their particular niche, save those magazines to a personal area and receive alerts when important dates
are happening with those magazines.  It uses Ruby on Rails to create searchable indices on the magazines. It will also connect to features that allow a writer to pay a fee to submit things by snail mail but have the computer take care of it and will utilize Stripe for international payments
Naomi Freeman
freemann.ca at gmail.com
Depave Paradise
Depave Paradise in Ottawa is being spearheaded by Ecology Ottawa and is a project of Green Communities Canada. Hard surfaces, such as driveways, parking lots and buildings interrupt the natural water cycle by preventing rain water from soaking into the ground and creating heat sinks, warming up our cities. By removing pavement and replacing it with native plants, trees and shrubs we are increasing the infiltration rate, recharging our groundwater supply, and cooling our neighbourhoods.
Tricia Enns
tricia.enns at gmail.com
Ottawa Little Free Libraries
It’s the simple idea of “Take a book, leave a book.” We all have so many books sitting on our shelves collecting dust, and we keep them because we want to share the joy of reading these books
with others.  Now we can. The Little Free Library is a network of mini-libraries situated to share the books we love with our neighbors.  In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone can stop by to pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.  Boxes
are setup outside of people’s homes where anyone can put their books in to share with the local community.
Robert Parungao
Sarah Chan
rob.parungao at gmail.com
sarahcourtneychan at gmail.com
Making Waves Ottawa
Making Waves Ottawa is a non-profit, completely volunteer, student-run organization dedicated to providing one-on-one swimming instruction to children with developmental or physical disabilities at an affordable cost of 20 dollars for 8 weekly swim sessions. We work to ensure flexibility and accessibility in swim instruction, because water safety education should be a right, not a luxury. By working with each
child’s abilities and family, our volunteer instructors offer personalized, effective and incredibly fun swim instruction.
Keara Lundrigan
admin at makingwavesottawa.org
Sesquisharp Productions presents “Façade: An Evening of Rotating Conductors”
We are a volunteer music production company that creates engaging, avant-garde concerts promoting local emerging performance artists. We work with musicians, composers, actors, dancers and performers to collectively create exciting shows based on different themes. Our next concert in March 2014 will feature 3 local conductors each leading an  ensemble playing all kinds of music – both traditional and contemporary. The concert is topsy-turvey in it’s creation and will also feature circus performers to add to the mayhem!
Megan Johnson
contact at sesquisharp.com
WAVE Fitness
WAVE is a new program for adults with autism.  Founded by Dovercourt Recreation Association (DRA) and funded by Unity for Autism, WAVE staff endeavour to find work and volunteer placements for adults with autism in the Ottawa area, and support them with the help of job coaches.  The WAVE program also aims to raise awareness of the potential of adults with autism; deliver a successful project that leads to further funding and opportunities to extend the WAVE project; and raise awareness of Unity of Autism, WAVE and DRA and their work to support adults with autism.
Holly Martin
hmartin at dovercourt.org

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