Understanding the Why and Then the How of Accessibility
April 4th 2019
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST


Understanding the Why and Then the How of Accessibility


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 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: FB Eye.


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 people of various levels of abilities; hear from them via a short panel presentation and 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. 


WHEN: April 4th, 2019 

WHERE: Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex – 3690 Vanness Ave, Vancouver 

Reach the Annex by Skytrain: To Joyce Station then enjoy a short walk east along the BC Parkway. Building Entrance on Southside at the Plaza with the  Totem Pole. 

Driving: Boundary between Kingsway and Ormindale on Vanness. Underground & street parking available. 

TIME: Annex: 3 – 6 pm

COST + GST: PIBC Members $25 /Non-Members $35 /Students or Study Participants $15


Light refreshments will be available.



Panel Guests – Three presenters with various levels of abilities. Introductions will be made at the event.

Ben Mortenson, B.Sc., OT, M.Sc., PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, UBC

Delphine Labbé, Ph.D., Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, UBC

Atiya Mahmood, Ph.D., Department of Gerontology, SFU

Brad McCannell, Vice President, Access and Inclusion, Rick Hansen Foundation

Jason Hall, Streetscape & Pedestrian Planner, Engineering, Parks & Environment, City of North Vancouver



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