Accessibility Webinars and Toolkit

ArtsBuild Ontario has developed a Webinars Series and a Toolkit for creative spaces aimed at increasing awareness of the Design of Public Spaces Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). These resources feature innovative ideas and solutions to support creative spaces such as galleries, museums, theaters and culture hubs, in making their spaces more accessible.

Toolkit:

The toolkit provides links, tools, resources and important information for creative spaces on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The toolkit aims to information arts organizations on how they can go beyond the standards to ensure accessibility and inclusion are at the forefront of building and managing creative spaces.

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We want your feedback!  After reviewing the toolkit, please take a few moments to complete this survey so we can continue to improve programs around accessibility in creative spaces.

Webinars:

This six part webinar series will discuss how creative spaces need to meet accessible building standards and explore ways creative spaces can go beyond the standards.

The webinars will feature live closed captioning. A transcript and a recording will be made available after the live session. All documents will be posted in accessible format.

ABO uses EventBrite for registration and Adobe Connect to deliver webinars. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation to register or participate in our webinars, please call 519-880-3670 ext. 101 or email erin@artsbuildontario.ca in advance of your participation.

Past Webinars:

Free Webinar: Invisible Disabilities and Creative Spaces
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Host: Thea Kurdi, Vice President with DesignABLE Environments
Presenters: Alex Bulmer, Accessibility Consultant & Actor, Writer and Director as well as Andrew Gurza, Disability Awareness Consultant
Watch the Recording of Webinar 6 Here
Download the Transcription of Webinar 6 as a PDF Here

Free Webinar: Safety, Fire Codes and Accessibility for Creative Spaces
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Host: Thea Kurdi, Vice President with DesignABLE Environments
Presenters: Martin Day, President of Safety Media Inc. and Marnie Peters, Accessibility Specialist
Watch the Recording of Webinar 5 Here
Download the Transcription of Webinar 5as a PDF Here

Best Practices for Architects, Designers and Creative Spaces on Accessibility
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Host: 
Thea Kurdi, Vice President with DesignABLE Environments
Presenters: Amy Potier, Accessibility and Building Code Specialist with Gensler as well as Corey Timpson, Principal at Corey Timpson Design Inc and former Vice President of Exhibitions at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Watch the Recording of Webinar 4 Here
Download the Transcription Webinar 4 as a PDF Here
Download the Presentation of Webinar 4 as a PDF Here

Resources:
1. Creating an Accessibility Advisory Committee
2. London Facility Accessibility Design Standards
3. Mississauga Facility Accessibility Design Standards
4. Turning Spaces for Wheeled Mobility Devices
5. Clear Floor Area for Wheeled Mobility Devices
6. CNIB Clearing Our Path

Design for Public Spaces Advanced: How can Creative Spaces Go Beyond the Standard?Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Host: 
Thea Kurdi, Vice President with DesignABLE Environments
Presenters:
Dave Hollands, Head, ROM Creative & Lorene Casiez, Accessibility and Wellness Practice Lead with Human Space
Watch the Recording of Webinar 3 Here 
Download the Transcription of of Webinar 3 as a PDF Here

Design for Public Spaces 101: Where do Creative Spaces Start?
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Host: 
Thea Kurdi, Vice President with DesignABLE Environments
Presenters: Jay Pitter, Placemaker, Author & City Building
Recording of Webinar 2 Not Available

Let’s Talk About Disability and Creative Spaces
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Presenters:
  Thea Kurdi, Vice President with DesignABLE Environments and Sage Lovell, Founder of Deaf Spectrum 
Watch the Recording of Webinar 1 Here
Download the Transcription of Webinar 1 as a PDF here
Download the Presentation Materials for Webinar 1 as a PDF here

Resources:
AODA Customer Service
AODA Information and Communication
AODA Employment
AODA Design of Public Spaces – Illustrated Technical Guide to the Design of Public Spaces    
Ontario Building Code
CNIB Clearing Our Path

Accessibility Committee:

  • Kim Fullerton, Access Visual Art/Akimbo Art Promotions (Co-Chair)
  • Luke Anderson, StopGap Foundation (Co-Chair)
  • Yvonne Felix, CNIB/Artist
  • Amy Ross, City of Waterloo
  • Terry Barna, KW Musical Productions
  • Shirley Madill, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery
  • Andrew Gurza, Accessibility Consultant
  • Sean Lee, Tangled Art Gallery
  • Christine Karcza, Accessibility Consultant
  • Kevin Puddister, Dundas Museum & Archives
  • Aislinn Thomas, Artist
  • Jessica Vellenga, formerly Hamilton Artists Inc.

ABO would like to thank its accessibility advisory committee for informing the webinar topics, speakers and toolkit for creative spaces in Ontario.

This project is supported by the Government of Ontario.