Webday Wednesday - How to Hold Accessible Meetings and Consultations | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Webday Wednesday - How to Hold Accessible Meetings and Consultations

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For the month of April, the RAIC is pleased to present a weekly series on the subject of Universal Design.

How to Hold Accessible Meetings and Consultations
Date: April 8, 2020
Presenters: Thea Kurdi


Public consultations are a regular part of design activities. With a rapidly aging population and new accessible consultation requirements from municipalities, clients, and the Accessible Canada Act, how to hold an accessible meeting and get productive feedback are new skills for most people. This presentation covers topics that will improve outcomes and successful outcomes including appropriate language, accessible invitations, accessible meeting location requirements, how to find representatives from the disabled community to participate, what accessible accommodations might be requested, along with how to make your presentations as accessible as possible. The presentation will conclude with a long list of resources to help participants and their teams be ready for all future meetings.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to evaluate the basic accessibility features for a public meeting space
  • Participants will be able to find the accessible accommodation services that may be requested by participants
  • Participants will know how to find representatives from the disabled community and elicit effective feedback about the accessibility of the designs they are proposing
  • Participants will know where to find additional resources and assistance to ensure successful meetings and meet the requirements of clients and the Accessible Canada Act

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

Thea Kurdi RAIC Affiliate, GAATES Register Accessibility Consultant

DesignABLE Environments Inc. | Vice President

Thea Kurdi is an accessibility specialist and dynamic speaker with almost 20 years of experience, best known for her enthusiasm for teaching. She has presented workshops, keynote addresses and lectures at local and international events and post secondary educational institutions for design students, professionals, building owners, and policymakers. From the human rights code to evidence-based design and increased marketability, Kurdi shares her passion for how accessibility is fundamental to successful architecture.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 6, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET.

$50 for RAIC members, plus applicable taxes.
$75 for non-members, plus applicable taxes.

SCHEDULE: The Webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET in English.
The Canada-wide schedule by time zone is:









 10 a.m.

 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 2:30 p.m.


 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 3 p.m.

 3:30 p.m.

More information, including online access instructions and a PDF copy of the slides will be sent to you by email on the Tuesday prior to the Webday webinar. 

*Purchase of webinars and events are non-transferable.

2020-04-08 13:00 through  2:00 PM
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