Level Playing Field’s Founder and Principal Accessibility Strategist, Darby Lee Young in a CTV NEWS clip, January 2019.
Avenue Magazine article
by Madison Farkas
Illustration by Chrisian Frederiksen
Most people don’t think twice about walking down a narrow hall or up a few stairs, but for people with physical disabilities, these small design elements can turn into impassable obstacles.
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Darby Young recognized as one of Top 20 To Watch in 2017 by Calgary Herald for trying to create a Level Playing Field when it comes to accessible cities
CALGARY, Alta. – When Darby Lee Young describes how cities can become more
accessible – and ultimately more successful –she answers in simple yet poignant terms. “As soon as there’s a barrier, my independence is gone,” Young, who was born with mild cerebral palsy and has overcome obstacles her entire life, recently told The Calgary Herald.
“We should be removing those barriers so everyone can get in and feel (included). And not only people with disabilities; we’re talking seniors, families with strollers – we’re talking everybody.”
It’s that forward-thinking mindset that has resulted in The Calgary Herald naming Young to the popular newspaper’s list of Compelling Calgarians: 20 People to Watch in 2017.
As the owner, founder and principle accessibility strategist, Young has taken her
company, Level Playing Field, from passion-fuelled grassroots initiative to impressive blossoming business in just under a year.
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The Herald unveils its annual list of 20 individuals making their mark on our city, and who are worth keeping an eye on in the year to come and beyond.
Darby Lee Young wants Calgary to be among the most accessible cities in Canada, and she’s doing her part to realize that objective.
“Absolutely my hope and dream,” said Young. “In order for accessibility to work, period, everyone needs to be on the same plan. My favourite line is, as soon as there’s a barrier, my independence is gone. We should be removing those barriers so everyone can get in and feel inclusive. And not only people with disabilities; we’re talking seniors, families with strollers, we’re talking everybody.”
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