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The 'STRAMP' is the symbol we have chosen to introduce analysis and
commentary which links the disability community to the larger community.

Stramps are everywhere. They are powerful symbols for what happens when we remove barriers to the presence, participation and contribution of everyone. Stramps were developed to enable individuals who use wheel chairs to move comfortably in areas where there are stairs. Stramps are a combination of stairs and ramps.

However the combination created something more powerful and useful than just the two.

Who uses Stramps? People who skateboard and rollerblade; parents pushing strollers; individuals who prefer to stroll rather than climb; cyclists; children racing and of course people who use wheelchairs (some hopping up the stairs, others gliding on the ramp) and scooters. In other words just about everyone.

The Philia Dialogue wants to explore what comes next when we leave our home base and engage in the grand challenge of uncovering, strengthening and nurturing the potential of our neighbourhoods and communities and their members i.e. citizens.

We believe the disability community has much to contribute to this dialogue. Society needs our wisdom!

We also believe we have much to learn from those outside the disability community already engaged in these societal challenges.

We need their wisdom!

Stramps seem like the perfect symbol for the structure of our Dialogue. Stramping removes barriers to the presence, participation and contribution of everyone. A welcoming image affirming, together we are better.

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