Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods

About

Who We Are

Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods (formerly Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods) is an organization created for people with disabilities by disabled people. Our founder and Executive Director is disabled and neurodivergent. Our first board was comprised of people from a chronic pain support group. Fifteen years later and the majority of our board remains people who self-identify as having a disability. Our members have many intersecting identities and CAN recognizes and centers this in the work that we do. We work to find work that supports and pays disabled consultants.

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I am so grateful to have witnessed the work of Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods – it is an incredibly necessary organization that is transforming the way we think about accessibility and disability justice in Vancouver and beyond. Every business, organization and community can benefit from the important work they are doing to change systems, communities and organizational culture. CAN’s work serves to eliminate barriers to access in a way that is approachable, inclusive and sustainable. I have had the pleasure of working directly with Heather to bring some visionary projects to life and am constantly inspired by their patience, wisdom, integrity and passion for this important work.”

Cicely Belle Blain, CEO, Cicely Blain Consulting

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