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Webday Wednesday - how do we know when a design is accessible?

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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 do we know when a design is accessible?
Date: April 22, 2020
Presenter: Lara Pinchbeck


As designers we have been aware of Universal Design principles and goals since Ronald Mace encouraged us to integrate them in our work. As users with disabilities we have continued to be frustrated because we still experience so many gaps in our environment meaning the spaces, buildings, streets and communities are not completely inclusive. This session will explore various approaches to measure if we got it right. The presentation will include recent research into methods including future steps.

At the completion of this session, the participant/learner will be able to:

  • Increase their ability to perceive whole contexts as landscapes of daily living.   
  • Increase their interest in co-design practices as the precursor for subsequent evaluation of a designed space.
  • Evaluate the types of information about how a designed space works.

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

Lara Pinchbeck, Doctoral Student at University of Alberta ,MA (Material Culture), BEDS (Architecture), BA, PHEc, RHFAC, PM 

Founder and Principal at Lara Pinchbeck: Research+Design 

Lara (LAA-raa) is a designer and researcher working to make indoor and outdoor spaces more functional, comfortable and enjoyable for people of all abilities. As a certified accessibility professional with a background in architecture and human ecology, Lara works with designers, developers and users to create places, products and programs that minimize barriers for everyday living. Through her doctoral research, Lara focuses on how to ensure the interactions between people with disabilities, especially invisible ones, and their environment is as successful as possible.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday,  April 20, 2020, at 5:00 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 22, 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.

2020-04-22 13:00 jusqu'à  2:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Event Fees (GST) $ 75.00 + $ 3.75 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Ontario) $ 75.00 + $ 9.75 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Quebec) $ 75.00 + $ 11.23 Sales Tax
Event Fees (HST) $ 75.00 + $ 11.25 Sales Tax
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