ABOUT - Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Professionals
In 1987, while working on the Spinal Cord Unit, Donna along with the patients on the unit and whole treatment team met with Rick Hansen, while he was on his Man in Motion Tour. This was a very exciting event to be a part of, but the magnitude of Rick Hansen's World Tour was more realized the following day.
While riding the bus to work the following day, Donna witnessed the Man in Motion, heading west on his journey home, facing the chilled morning air of October. This was a moving experience. With awe and continued admiration Donna is motivated to help bring accessible travel and accessibility in the built environment to persons with disabilities, who want to explore this beautiful world and live their lives to become all that that they long to bee.
In 2018 Donna was inspired to follow a different career path and became a "Designated Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Professional". The program was developed in collaboration with the CSA Standards group and references the Building Code - B651-12 - Accessible design for the built environment.
The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program is a national rating system (Gold, Silver and Bronze), that measures and certifies the built environment. The Accessible Certification Rating has been developed to assess and identify barriers to "meaningful access "the built environment. The goal of the program is to educate property owners and managers, private or public, to increase "meaningful access", for persons with disabilities and the population at large, by adopting the principles of Universal Design.
The RHF Accessibility Certification program focused on persons with physical, cognitive, emotional, learning and sensory disabilities.
PLEASE NOTE - The PHOTOS BELOW REPRESENT ACCESSIBILITY CONCERNS. These photos are examples of areas that need improvement!
If you would like a list of the concerns and areas for improvements, please email -
VEHICULAR ACCESS, e.g. public transportation,disabled parking
EXTERIOR APPROACH AND ENTRANCE, e.g. exterior stairs, ramps
INTERIOR CIRCULATION, INTERIOR SERVICES and ENVIRONMENT e.g. Path of travel, stairs, corridors, lighting
SANITARY FACILITIES - e.g. washrooms, showers
SIGNAGE and WAYFINDING, e.g. Directories and Information Kiosks, signs
EMERGENCY SYSTEMS, e.g. alarm systems, evacuation instructions - Are they accessible?
ADDITIONAL USE of SPACE, e.g. bars and wineries, workstations, restaurants, Visitor centres, picnic areas, playgrounds, lounges, meeting rooms, theatres with acoustic considerations
TRAILS and PATHWAYS e.g. slope, signage, accessible amenities, shelters
RESIDENTIAL UNITS, e.g. kitchens, laundry, showers, tubs
Rating reports include recommendations for consideration, i.e. the addition of accessible features. Ratings can be posted on the RHFAC website -
The RHFAC program focuses on Human Rights Legislation as it pertains to accessibility, confidentiality, and discrimination and collaborates with the Canadian Standards Association, that is responsible for developing and maintaining codes and standards in safety, in construction.