Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation
is a registered not-for-profit organization, dedicated to making the City of Richmond Hill a more accessible, barrier free community for persons with disabilities. Their Assistive Devices Program provides funds to Richmond Hill residents living with a disability who need financial assistance to purchase assistive devices (eg wheelchairs, lifts, beds, bath chairs and more). This is their most sought after program allowing individuals and their families to re-direct their limited income to other costly expenditures that often come along with the taxing costs of living with a disability. Their Subsidized Gym Membership program is a unique partnership between RH Mobiity and the City of Richmond Hill. Together they offer community members living with a disability a 6-month renewable fitness membership to the City's Recreation Centres. RH Mobility provides funds for children with special needs to enjoy a community that fosters play. On an annual basis, funding is given to the City of Richmond Hill's inclusive Summer Day Camp Program for the purchase of adaptive toys. In the past, RH Mobility and the City of Richmond Hill initiated the Crosby Park Redevelopment Project, a first of its kind in Ontario, providing a fully accessible playground for children with special needs. It has brought a countless number of children many hours of fun.
“Our mission is to provide the Richmond Hill Community with resources and leadership that would facilitate accessibility to all its citizens with disabilities. Richmond Hill Mobility’s ultimate goal is to ensure that through its efforts, the Town of Richmond Hill strives to be a barrier-free community.”
The Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation (RH Mobility) was formed in 1999, when a group of volunteers decided that Richmond Hill needed an accessible taxi van to help individuals with mobility impairments living within the City of Richmond Hill. Through different fundraising adventures, RH Mobility started to raise much-needed funds, and in doing so was able to assist with the purchase of two accessible vans. Although RH Mobility no longer provides a van service, the foundation decided to broaden the scope of their mandate to move beyond just transit services, and to achieve their goal of making Richmond Hill a barrier-free community, including subsidized gym memberships for the disabled, our Assistive Devices Program to ease financial pressures, and other community programs.
Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation (RH Mobility) has two main reliable sources of funding:
One source of funding is through the Disabled Parking By-Law Reserve Fund. For more information please refer to our By-laws.
The other reliable source of funding is through organized Bingo proceeds at Bingo World RIchmond Hill.
Through our funding we have started to break down accessibility barriers in and around our community in many ways to improve mobility for persons with disabilities.