Friday, December 2, 2011

Column on Luke Anderson and The Ramp Project

I had the good fortune to meet Luke Anderson, an incredibly interesting and inspiring person who is making Toronto a more accessible city, one ramp at a time. Please read and share this column about Luke Anderson. You can go to the whole article directly by clicking here.

(photo courtsey: Luke Anderson)

It has become a mantra of our progressive, polite society to insist that appearance doesn't matter, that it's what inside that counts.
But, fair or not, our physicality affects not only the way we live and what we are able to do, but how others perceive us.
Luke Anderson has been on the extreme ends of the physical spectrum, the ability one as well.
As a child and young adult, he defined himself primarily as an athlete. If an activity involved a ball, a chase, a run, a ski, a dive or a bike — Luke was interested, and he excelled.

Luke presenting at the Canadian Urban Institute discussion on accessibility. (Photo Credit: Marlena Rogowska)

His physical strength and love of activity dominated so much of his life that upon graduating from university, he moved from the Toronto area to Rossland, B.C., to, as he puts it, "do nothing but mountain bike."

But one day in 2002, a biking accident resulted in a massive spinal cord injury that changed his whole life as he knew it.

Anderson lost the ability to walk, as well as most of the control of his hands.
He went from being a popular, all-around star athlete, and a pillar of strength, to a young man who needed help getting dressed in the morning and must use a wheelchair.

It was challenging to say the least. But these are the times when it is what's inside that counts.
And Luke Anderson showed that what he has inside is the tenacity to tackle the problems of getting around the big city, for himself and others, when you are physically challenged...

Read the rest of the article by clicking here.

Introducing Luke at the Canadian Urban Institute panel discussion. (Photo credit: Marlena Rogowska)

~Thanks for stopping by, and let's all work together to make Toronto and Canada leaders in accessibility.~

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