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About  Donna 

I am an Occupational Therapist and I help create health conscious, beautiful, and accessible spaces in the home, workplace and community. 

I work with people who are living with age related changes, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, mobility and balance issues, arthritis, hand and upper extremity repetitive strain injuries, and cognitive challenges, i.e PTSD, Post Concussion, Dementia.

 

Design 4 Accessibility services will help you:

  • help your aging parents remain as safe and as functionally independent as possible in their current home by providing education, resources, and design ideas for Aging in Place.

  • redesign your home to create comfort, ease, beauty, and safety, using accessible and functional design, adaptive aids, assistive technology, and smart technology.

  • design or redesign your home office workspace to help minimize your risk of developing physical and psychological injury and stress, and/or to help you heal from work related injuries,

  • design community workspaces that are accessible, healing, beautiful, and inclusive for all, using Universal Design principles,

  • redesign your business using Universal Design, so your business will be more accessible and you will be more able to welcome a larger population of clients and customers,

  • redesign your day to day living to include more self-care, including strategies to help prevent and manage care-giver burn out.

 

I do this by actively listening and attending to your personal and business needs. 

 

I've had the privilege of working with people and their families during some of the toughest times in their life, i.e. going through rehabilitation due to illness or injury, transitioning home from hospital, struggling to return to work after injury, managing chronic pain and fatigue, managing temporary disability due to injury, managing age related sensory changes (i.e. reduced vision and hearing), dealing with the onset of autoimmune disorders, and/or managing chronic illness in the workplace.

 

If you have an employee you want to hire or help return to the workplace post illness or injury, I have strategies to provide you, along with recommendations for an ergonomic and accessible design for your workspaces.

I can help you and your team or family develop action plans that are solution focused, proactive ( when possible) and preventative, and I will help you design spaces that remove barriers to success, for all.

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Solution Focused

My career as an Occupational Therapist has offered me opportunities to work with people of many cultures, and with individuals and families of all sizes and ages.  In all cases I've strived to deliver my solution focused services with respect and kindness.

My skills are honed, current, and evidence based to help you receive the most up to date information on universal and accessible design, health conscious design, and biophilic design. I keep pace with research on Neuroaesthetics and on innovations in technology, so you can be confident in the designs I provide to you.

I have a passion for bringing you solutions in a timely and cost sensitive manner.  l will teach or train you on the rationale for the designs in an engaging and enjoyable manner, and in a way that matches your learning style; auditory, visual, kinesthetic, in quiet and in chaos.

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My Values 

By embracing Universal Design (UD) we will eliminate the need for disability labels, we will make everyone's temporary, permanent, or episodic limitations invisible in day to day life, and we will replace barriers with... dignity for all!

Neuroaesthetics - The human brain is wired for and needs beauty!

 

Biophilic Design ~ The nature we need for Health and Wellbeing e.g., The power of flowers, trees, gardens, and bees...

Sustainability - Preservation of nature and the inclusion of nature in our healing environments, will always be one of our finest achievements!

Collaboration - Is the key to win/win!

A love of Bees-  The honeybee's 6 sided hexagon beehive design is inspiring; it is the most efficient way to fill space, there are no gaps in the design. In Masonic lectures the beehive is explained as a symbol of industry and cooperation, it has inspired the creation of buildings, transportation, and storage. Bees are highly sociable and work hard together contributing in their unique roles in the hive. Bees are at risk and need our support.

Design 4 Accessibility would like to acknowledge that it operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples.
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