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Understanding the Why and Then the How of Accessibility

PIBC South Coast Chapter -
Date of Event: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

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.


Let us learn how to make the built environment easy and safe to navigate from a mother with a baby carriage, a grandmother with bags of groceries, Andrea Bocelli and friends, to Sue Thomas FBI.


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.

Karen Kreis MCIP RPP - Co-Chair PIBC South Coast Chapter
258, 2818 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T OC1
(604) 831-6695
BCSLA Event: 
Project: Telus Atrium Garden
Landscape Architect / Firm: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc in collaboration with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Brett Hitchins