A PWD ticket for fun in some places

On Friday, I checked out Banksy 360°, which is at the Aberdeen Pavillion, until October 7, 2022. The immersive experience is fantastic. I highly recommend checking it out if you can.

If you are a PWD, the event space is very wheelchair accessible. I had a lot of room to roll around and take it all in. The setup is the same as last year’s Van Gogh exhibition and the one currently taking place at the same location.

For more information (including accessibility) about Banksy 360°, please visit https://banksy360.com/home/ottawa/

If you click on “What is your accessibility policy?” you will see that it lists the Access 2 card. I can’t remember if I’ve talked about it before. If I did, it’s worth mentioning again.

The Access 2 Card program is a nationwide program launched in 2004 with support from Cineplex Entertainment and several national disability organizations. The program is administered and administered by Easter Seals Canada.

The Access 2 Card program allows a PWD to bring one caregiver to locations and events participating in the program.

In Ottawa, the card is accepted in the following places:

  • Bytowne Cinemas
  • Cineplex Cinemas
  • Calypso Water Park
  • Canada’s Agriculture and Food Museum
  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Capital Scholarship
  • City Folk Festival
  • Cosmic Adventures
  • Flying Squirrel Ottawa
  • pleasure port
  • Kanata Theater
  • Historic Cinemas
  • National Art Center
  • RBC Bluesfest
  • SAW Gallery
  • TD place
  • The Gladstone Theater
  • The ghost walk
  • The Writers Festival

While the program is excellent, several locations still do not accept the card, for example the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa.

I missed several events at CTC because I had to buy a ticket for my caretaker. As a person on ODSP, it is nearly impossible to buy one ticket, let alone two.

On the Access 2 website, they point out that it is up to the event organizers whether or not to accept the Access 2 card. I understand promoters want money, but at the same time, PWD who need a caregiver for medical reasons are disregarded.

Something can certainly be arranged between the CTC and the various promoters, including the Ottawa Senators.

There is always hope.

For more information about the Access 2 Card program, visit https://access2card.ca/

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