Looking for a career that makes a positive change in Canada and the world? Consider taking the RHFAC Accessibility Assessor training course. Those that complete the course, field experience and pass the exam administered by CSA Group will become designated RHFAC Professionals who can conduct accessibility ratings as part of the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM program. This up-and-coming profession is designed for those with an avid professional interest in how we all meaningfully access and use buildings and spaces (‘the built environment’).
Accessibility gives everyone the freedom to move easily and safely through communities – to be able to work, shop, play, and learn wherever you call home. When people with disabilities are unable to enter or make their way through a building, whether it’s a business, an office, or a community centre, we lose their potential as a valued employee, a loyal customer, and an active participant. A lack of access has a significant impact on both the quality of life of citizens and the economy.
Approximately 50% of Canadian adults have a permanent or temporary disability or live with someone who does. And due in part to our aging population, the number of people with disabilities is expected to continue to rise to almost nine million over the next 20 years (or one in five of us). Now is the time to ensure our communities are accessible for all!
What is Accessibility Assessor training?
In this 48-hour course, participants learn how to measure a building’s level of meaningful access using a consistent methodology. This is based on the holistic user-experience of people with mobility, vision, and hearing disabilities, and complements building code.
Participants gain a strong understanding of:
- The impact of social and physical environment on people with disabilities
- Relevant legislation, regulations, and standards
- Universal Design principles and standards
- How to interpret and navigate a set of construction drawings
- How to communicate and support assessment findings to clients
- How to prepare a recommendation report of the assessment findings
“Accessibility is important for everyone – children, the elderly, as well as people with disabilities. I have mild Asperger’s. As an Accessibility Assessor, I want to let everyone know that people with Asperger’s can have good jobs, make a difference, and contribute to society. Improving accessibility means more people with disabilities can make their own contributions to society and have their own voices heard.” – Keith Bailey, Accessibility Assessor, Victoria, BC
A meaningful career helping to create meaningful access
Canada prides itself on being a country that champions diversity and participation, and cares for its people. Improving accessibility is becoming more critically important each day and is one more way to do that. It naturally encourages inclusion, and makes our communities stronger and more sustainable. If you’re looking for a way to make an impact in your career, this up and coming field could be the answer for you! Help build a Canada that’s accessible for all.
To learn more about RHFAC Accessibility Assessor training and course prerequisites, and to register for courses including the George Brown College course in Toronto beginning October 25, 2018, visit their website.