In Barrie, a distinctive Halloween Village pop-up is revolutionizing the way we think about accessibility for all youngsters in Simcoe County.
The personal injury law company, Oatley-Vigmond, championed the Treat Accessible Movement this past Sunday, bringing to life Barrie’s inaugural accessible Halloween Village. This village was meticulously conceived to promote inclusivity during the Halloween celebrations and to broaden awareness towards trick-or-treating concerns for children with disabilities.
“No uproarious sounds, no glaring lights, no stairs, nor steep driveways. We aimed at creating a space where everyone could savour the Halloween spirit on an equal footing,” expressed Karen Vigmond, one of the law firm’s partners. “Halloween can be a time of seclusion for many children who, due to various impediments, cannot join their peers in trick-or-treating. Hence, this village embodies a salute to inclusivity and community camaraderie.”
A family made the trip from Oshawa explicitly for this event, to partaker in this more inclusive version of trick-or-treating. Matthew Adams, one of the trick-or-treaters, shared, “I appreciate how everybody feels welcomed and the village is accommodating. The hustle and bustle on the streets can be a tad challenging.”
A delighted Ashley Cordua took her child to the event, expressing how the event had managed to carve out a congenial space for all participants. “Pleasantries can be marred by the anxiety and stresses that come with such occasions. Ergo, I find immense value in such an environment that is inviting and open for children. This feels truly special to me, and I am hopeful that such innovations become the new norm,” she reflected.
The law firm, Oatley Vigmond, is hopeful that this village will gain momentum and become a yearly event. It also encourages communities in the vicinity to adopt accessible features for their trick-or-treating events, facilitating an inclusive celebration for all.