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Enhancing Accessibility One Building at a Time Seminar - Buildex Vancouver February 14 @2:00 PMWhat is Buildex?BUILDEX is the voice of the building industry today, and the vision of its future. This exciting event – the largest in Western Canada – brings together talent from across industry to interact, learn and discover the newest innovations of a market in constant transformation.
BUILDEX Vancouver is an event that enables Architecture & Design, Construction, and Property Management professionals to immerse themselves in dialogue and build community, providing a meaningful platform for industry advancement.
Jim Taggart FRAIC, Editor, SABMag; Director, Gateway NavigationBIO: https://www.gnc3.com/jim-taggart-advisor-architectural-inclusive-design.html
Albert A. Ruel, Canadian Council of the Blind, Coordinator, Get Together with Technology Program; Advisor, Gateway Navigation;BIO: https://www.gnc3.com/albert-ruel-advisor-assistive-technology-ccb-gtt.html
David Brun, Founder & Director, Gateway NavigationBIO: https://www.gnc3.com/david-brun-advisor-business-finance-social-enterprise.html
A decade after the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the proposed 'Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81) had its first reading in the House of Commons in June 2018. Bill C-81 marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of, and attitude towards disability. No longer do we view disability as a medical condition, or a circumstance to be alleviated through acts of charity or welfare programs, rather it is now seen as a social phenomenon that results from the interaction of a person with an environment that, through its design, denies that person the opportunity of full participation in society.
However, technology is emerging that will give low and no vision building users access to site specific information for interior navigation using their smart phone. Unlike GPS for which the satellite infrastructure had been previously developed by various space agencies and national governments, interior navigation networks must be developed one building at a time, using either low energy beacons or wireless 'fingerprinting.'
This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of this technology and the protocols being developed to ensure a seamless interface and consistent experience for users, whatever building they may be trying to access anywhere in Canada. Authorities having jurisdiction, building owners and designers will learn what role they can play in advancing this technology and hence improving accessibility in their buildings. Attendees will have the opportunity to try the technology for themselves.
Seminar Information:Seminar Name / Codes:
T40 – Enhancing Accessibility One Building at a Time
[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Health & Wellness, Leadership & Business Improvement, Project Management & Process Improvement]
[ AIBC 1.5 Core LU • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Barrier Free Hours IDCEC Approved ]
Location: VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE WEST
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Cost: Buildex fee to attend seminar $60.00 – register and payment via Buildex Vancouver webpage: https://www.buildexvancouver.com/en/home.html. Limited number of free passes are available: contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire on availability.
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October 16, 2018 / White Cane Day US.
By David Brun
Director, Gateway Navigation CCC Limited
Action: Complete TransLink Survey on PWD - click on link: http://www.translinksurvey.ca/c/a/5eNCyHCTLrEFkfTWg6oRg7
A recent shout-out by Rob Sleath a disability Advocate and Consultant. Frustrated by 20-years of inaction by TransLink to implement accessible bus stops for the blind and partially-sighted. Reflects a historic reality of the visually-impaired consumer. Being under represented in policy making; under funded in Public and Private Sector investment; and not surprisingly under served in most areas in which equal access is considered a fundamental human right.
In 1998 a group of blind consumers and members of the TransLink Disability Advisory Group. Presented TransLink’s Executive with detailed information and their recommendation for the implementation of universally designed accessible bus stops. Like level entry curbs at intersections used by individuals with mobility challenges. This design standard would assist the nearly 1-million Canadians that are blind or partially-sighted to more safely, confidently and effortlessly access buses within the public transit system. The fact that nothing has happened in over 20-years of dialogue between visually-impaired consumers and the Metro Vancouver Transit Authority – in creating accessible bus stops. Reflects a lack of meaningful dialogue to move forward on this important issue.
The Directors of Gateway Navigation CCC Limited and our Advisors from the Canadian Council of the Blind. Agree and support the position that 20-years of inaction in creating accessible bus stops is unacceptable. We would also conclude that the consultation process being used by TransLink needs to be re-evaluated. As the involvement of stakeholders and setting their roles and responsibilities is fundamental to building equal access in public transit.
Gateway is committed to promoting and participating in a consultation process as outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Commission Report on Equal Access to Public Transit: March 27, 2002. Only by bringing stakeholders together and defining roles and responsibilities can we move from inaction to action. By being part of the decision-making process, developing sustainable solutions funded by both public and private investment. Will contribute to the goal of achieving equal access in public transit for all users.
Please comment on this post and let us know what you think.The following is the OHRC Executive Summary from the above Report.“Equal access by persons with disabilities, older Ontarians, and families with young children to adequate, dignified public transit services is a right protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. For many, it is also a necessity – to obtain an education, find and keep a job, or use basic public services like health care. Lack of access to transit may also lead to isolation, as visiting friends or participating in the life of the community becomes difficult or impossible.
Recognizing the importance of accessible public transportation to the ability of persons with disabilities, older Ontarians, and families with young children to fully and equally participate in their communities, during 2001 the Ontario Human Rights Commission consulted with transit providers, seniors’ organizations, disability consumer groups, labour organizations, advocacy groups and individuals regarding the status of accessible transit in Ontario.
Unfortunately, equal access to transit services is far from reality for many Ontarians. While many improvements have been made in recent years to improve the accessibility of conventional transit services, such as increased use of low-floor or lift-equipped buses, and modifications to bus and subway stations, progress remains slow, and many of Ontario’s transit systems anticipate that it will take 15 years or more to achieve maximum accessibility. At the same time, there are troubling limitations in many of Ontario’s specialized or paratransit systems. Patrons too often face restrictive eligibility criteria, long waits for rides, punitive cancellation policies, and unequal fare structures.
Improvements in accessibility of public transit services have been hampered by a lack of resources. Public funding for transit in Ontario is relatively low, accounting for only 25% of revenues, the rest coming from the fare box, as compared to American transit systems, which typically receive about 60% of their revenue from public sources.
Another stumbling block has been the lack of common, objective standards or benchmarks for accessible transit services. Standards are essential in motivating and sustaining increased accessibility, as well as in ensuring that access to transit is not contingent on where in Ontario people live.
Accessible transit is a complex issue, involving many players. For advances to be made, all players – transit providers, municipalities, senior levels of government, non-governmental organizations, the Ontario Human Rights Commission itself, and persons with disabilities - must rethink their roles and responsibilities, and work together to find solutions.
The Commission recommends that transit providers set a goal of full integration and accessibility; design inclusively when developing new policies and procedures, creating new services, or building or purchasing new structures or capital equipment; develop and maintain plans to achieve full integration and accessibility; involve persons with disabilities, and older Ontarians when planning accessibility improvements; and take all steps short of undue hardship to achieve integration and maximum accessibility.
The Ministry of Transportation has an important role to play in this field and should take accessibility issues into account when considering transit funding initiatives. As well, the passage of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the creation of the Accessibility Directorate create a timely opportunity to address the urgent need for standards for accessible transit services.
The Commission itself will continue to take an active role in furthering transit accessibility. It will work with transit service providers to ensure they understand their human rights obligations and work to fulfill them. As well, the Commission will continue to monitor developments in this area, and to raise awareness about these issues through a variety of communication mediums.”
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