GAATES Design of Public Spaces – On line Course

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

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?

We have transitioned the DOPS course to our website using the LearnDash platform.

Please login to the GAATES course platform: http://courses.gaates.org
While we have spent considerable time testing to ensure accessibility, should there be any issues with navigation or accessing content please do not hesitate to contact the course administrator at course@gaates.org. Any feedback about the platform or course content is more than welcome.

New Users

Please create a profile on the Registration Page by clicking – or tabbing to and selecting – “Register”. Enter your information and click – or tab to and select – “Register” to save. Once your profile is created you will be a registered user with the GAATES courses portal. Login to the site and go to the Course Selection Home page.

Select the course to open for more information and click – or tab to and select – “Take this course” to enroll into the course and process your payment. This will take you to PayPal to login or create an account and process the payment by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. You can also use a debit card that displays the Visa or MasterCard logo. Once the payment is processed, it will return you to the course’s introduction page.

You will see your Course Status change to You are enrolled in this course.

If you prefer to pay by cheque, please access this registration form linked below and send to the address enclosed. If you opt to pay by cheque, please send us an email at course@gaates.org so that we can expect your cheque and enroll you as soon as it's received.

Returning Users

Please login to the GAATES course platform: http://courses.gaates.org

If you have already logged into the new platform, continue with logging in to access the course.

For returning users who are new to the LearnDash platform, you will receive an email from us confirming your username and your new password. Proceed to the course page and login to access the course. If you do no receive an email, your username and email are carried over from ATutor, so you can reset your password by clicking – or tabbing to and selecting – “Login” and then “Lost Password’.

Enter your previous ATutor username and/or email address and click – or tab to and select – “Get New Password” to send you an email with a link to update your new password. Once saved you will be able to re-enter the course and pick up where you left off. If you are missing any successfully completed quizzes, please let us know to update your progress accordingly.

Your Course Status will show as You are enrolled in this course.

For more information please see the GAATES Design of Public Spaces Registration Instructions

Should you experience any issues attempting to login as a registered user, please send us an email at course@gaates.org so that we can confirm your payment and reset your login information as needed.

The Illustrated Technical Guide to the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces

Cover page for document titled Illustrated Technical Guide to the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public SpacesThis resource guide is provided to assist course participants to better understand and apply accessibility standards to the built environment and public spaces.

Although this resource specifically addresses 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.

Download the Illustrated Guide (PDF format, 75.6 MB) Download PDF

 

 

 

 

Course interface and technical requirements

The course has been developed using the LearnDash 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 require a minimum passing grade of 80% and 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.

If further assistance is required to register or navigate within the LearnDash site please contact the course administrators are course@gaates.org

Funding for the development of this course was provided by the Government of Ontario