Your Building. Our Future.

Your Building. Our Future.

Live Broadcast Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Julie Sawchuk, Sawchuk Accessible Solutions Inc.
Target Audience: Designers, Architects, Engineers, Accessibility Professionals
Skill Level: Beginner  

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Today, one in seven Canadian adults currently identify as having a mobility, vision or hearing disability and this number is projected to increase to one in five, or 20%, by 2036.  57% of people with disabilities who do not work believe they could if barriers were removed from the workplace, allowing more than half a million Canadian adults to find meaningful employment and contribute millions of dollars to our GDP.  We need to rethink how we design the built environment. Are you ready for the future?


  • Participants will learn to analyze a building's access for all users including those with hearing, vision and/or mobility challenges, and understand where improvements can be made
  • Participants will develop a strong understanding of Universal Design and how it is applied
  • Participants will understand the economic and societal importance of ensuring that the built environment is accessible for all

Speaker Bio(s):

Julie Sawchuk sits in her motorized wheelchair outside.
Julie Sawchuk is a best-selling author, professional speaker and designated Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) professional. Julie combines her experience of living with a spinal cord injury with her passion for helping people make smart decisions when planning for accessibility. After completing the construction of her own fully accessible home, Julie authored Build YOUR Space - How to create an accessible home for you, your family and your future. Julie’s home is a showcase of how accessibility is not just functional, but also beautiful.

Build YOUR Space helps everyone make decisions about design and construction that allow for reduced physical energy needs, improved safety, increased independence and the preservation of dignity. Julie is an Accessibility Strategist and owner of Sawchuk Accessible Solutions. She has completed the RHFAC certification of Blyth Cowbell Brewing, Ottawa International Airport, Vaughan City Hall & Civic Library as well as the Fairfield Marriott Hotel in Ottawa. Julie has also planned the renovations of century-old buildings on the main street of her hometown (Blyth, ON) as well as newly constructed single family homes and an elementary school. Julie is excited to share her experiences with you!

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