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The Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces: A GAATES Online Learning Course

Welcome to the course home page. Information provided on this page includes:
An Overview of the Course Content
Professional Association Partners
Professional Development Credit Information
Course Fee Information
Time Commitment Required
How to register
Course Interface and Technical Requirements

Course Overview:

This online course provides a comprehensive orientation to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces. It has been specifically developed for design professionals practicing in Ontario. On completion of the course, participants will understand the scope, application criteria and technical requirements of the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces, as well as their professional obligations to comply with this regulation.

Course topics include:

  • Overview of the regulation
  • Definition for Public Spaces
  • Compliance obligations – who needs to comply and by when
  • Technical design requirements for the Public Spaces that are regulated including:
    • Exterior paths of travel
    • Recreation trails, beach access routes and outdoor public-use eating areas
    • Accessible parking
    • Obtaining service
    • Maintaining accessible public spaces

 

Professional Association Partners:

GAATES’ is pleased to offer this course in association with the following project partners:

  •   Ontario Association of Architects
  •   Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
  •   Association of Registered Interior Designer of Ontario
  •   Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  •   Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario
  •   Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
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Professional Development Credits

On completion of this course, participants are eligible to receive 6 hours of professional development credit from their professional association/institute.

How much does it cost?

The course fee is $100, not including taxes.

How much time do I need to complete the course?

It is anticipated that the average learner will take approximately 6 hours to complete the course.

How do I register for the course?

Registration can be completed online or by mail. Details can be found in the Registration Instructions.

Download the Illustrated Registration Instructions(Illustrated PDF Document)

Download the Registration Instructions(Text Only Word Document)

Course interface and technical requirements

The course has been developed using the ATutor learning management system. Participants will login to the course through their preferred web browser and will complete all course activities online. The course incorporates all necessary reading materials and learning is evaluated through online quizzes. The online quizzes can be completed as many times as is necessary to pass. Upon the successful completion of the four course quizzes, a course completion certificate will be awarded.

Further details on logging-in and navigation is available in the Navigation Guide. Download the Navigation Guide (Illustrated PDF Document)

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Universal Design Codes, Standards and Guidelines

Resources – ICT

Each time a technological innovation has been introduced to the global marketplace there has been a subsequent impact on the potential participation of and usability by persons with disabilities. GAATES is working to ensure that information and communication technologies used to communicate, develop, disseminate and manage information are accessible to everyone. Several of the following resources and publications have been developed by GAATES.


ICT Resources for Small Businesses

These publications developed by GAATES, are provided to assist organizations better understand and apply accessible information and communication technologies to their business practices. Although many of these resources specifically address the obligations of businesses in Ontario (Canada) to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), the concepts, strategies and resources presented can be applied to any organization in any location. Follow this link for the ICT Resources, Publications and Vendor Database


Accessible Information and Communication – A Guide for Small Businesses

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Developed by GAATES, this Guide will help you take stock of the accessibility and usability of your existing information and communication systems, and provide you with the information and resources you need to enhance access to your services for your clients. It will also help you understand your obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) that are related to making your information and communication accessible. This Guide is not intended to be a technical ‘how to’ manual. However, it will help you understand the various components of accessible information and communication, your information and communications related obligations under the AODA, and where to find help with implementation.
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Outsourcing Web Development: A Guide for Hiring Contractors to Develop Accessible Websites and Web Content

This aim of this Guide developed by GAATES, is to help you through the process of hiring an outside contractor to develop an accessible website and accessible web content for your organization. The guide offers suggestions on how to identify website developers who have experience in designing accessible websites and to bring the project to a successful conclusion. It also provides a sample of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to help you assess and choose the right website developer.
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WCAG 2.0 – Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: An Introductory Guide for Web Developers

The need to create accessible websites has been growing over the past couple of decades, however, many web developers still lack the knowledge and skills needed to make their website creations accessible to persons with disabilities. Accessible website features are a lot like many disabilities: they are often hidden. In many cases, an accessible website looks exactly like an inaccessible website… the things that make it truly accessible are invisible to the naked eye (or ear, or mouse!). GAATES has developed this introductory guide to help web developers in the design of accessible websites.
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ICT Vendors Database

The GAATES ICT Vendor Database has been compiled to assist organizations with the implementation of accessible information and communication technologies into their business practices. Although many of these resources specifically address the obligations of businesses in Ontario (Canada) to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), the concepts, strategies and resources presented can be applied to any organization in any location. Find a Vendor


The following guides are in PDF format that should be accessible to all users:


Accessible Information and Communication Tip Sheets


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There are millions of PDF documents that are inaccessible and prevent the use of screen-readers for persons with vision loss. The ICT-Accessibility Lab at The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (InIT/ZHAW) has developed two plug-ins for MS Word and PowerPoint that help detect and remove the accessibility obstacles enabling you to create your own accessible PDFs.


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This report, has been commissioned by the UNESCO Communication and Information Sector. It builds on five regional reports commissioned by UNESCO to look at the use of ICTs to access information and knowledge by persons with disabilities.