ArtsBuild Ontario Presents Free Accessibility Toolkit and Webinars

ArtsBuild Ontario has developed a 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.

Just released! Accessibility in Creative Spaces: A Toolkit for Ontario Arts Organizations

The Accessibility Toolkit for Creative Spaces in Ontario is designed to support arts organizations and creative spaces in making their facilities more accessible for all. Created by ArtsBuild Ontario in collaboration with an Accessibility Advisory Committee of arts leaders across Ontario, this toolkit provides tools, resources and important information about accessibility legislation in Ontario, including the AODA and Design of Public Spaces Standards, Ontario Building Code and Ontario Human Rights Code. The toolkit also focuses on experiential accessibility, including how arts organizations are going beyond the built environment to offer inclusive spaces.

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

Accessibility Webinars

This six-part webinar series looks at how creative spaces need to meet accessible building standards and explore ways creative spaces can go beyond the standards.
The webinars feature live closed captioning. A transcript and a recording of each session are available. All documents are posted in accessible format.

Let’s Talk About Disability and Creative Spaces
Presenters: Thea Kurdi, Vice President with DesignABLE Environments and Sage Lovell, Founder of Deaf Spectrum

Design for Public Spaces 101: Where do Creative Spaces Start?
Presenters: Jay Pitter, Placemaker, Author & City Building
Recording Not Available

Design for Public Spaces Advanced: How can Creative Spaces Go Beyond the Standard?
Presenters: Dave Hollands, Head, ROM Creative & Lorene Casiez, Accessibility and Wellness Practice Lead with Human Space

Invisible Disabilities and Creative Spaces
Presenters: Alex Bulmer, Accessibility Consultant & Actor, Writer and Director as well as Andrew Gurza, Disability Awareness Consultant

Safety, Fire Codes and Accessibility for Creative Spaces
Presenters: Martin Day, President of Safety Media Inc. and Marnie Peters, Accessibility Specialist

Best Practices for Architects, Designers and Creative Spaces on Accessibility
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.

Find ABO’s accessibility webinar series, resources and toolkit on our Accessibility Webpage HERE.

For more information contact Erin Borch
Program & Communications Coordinator
ArtsBuild Ontario
519.880.3670 ext 101