In general, people know that society is working towards equality, inclusion and accessibility for all. However, such terms lose significance when they become ubiquitous unless a person has direct personal ties to inequality, exclusion or lack of accessibility. Experience helps understanding.
We invite urban planners, policy makers, architects, builders, engineers, park planners and anyone else who can learn from meeting people with various and levels of abilities that face barriers in the built environment.
The ‘dEMAND,’ study conducted jointly by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) led by Ben Mortenson, Ph.D., examines the environmental mobility and social participation barriers and facilitators in Vancouver are experienced by mobility device users (e.g., wheelchairs and walkers). From this team, Dr. Labbé and Dr. Mahmood will share their results in the form of a photo exhibit, and a game to play to help you feel what mobility device users experience daily.
Mingle with folks with disabilities; hear from them through a short panel; learn about solutions, such as the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program. Hear about the strategies that the City of North Vancouver has implemented to the benefit of all.