Upcoming Webinars - Built Environment Accessibility

IAAP offers live webinars on a monthly basis on a variety of topics. Please see below for a listing of live upcoming webinars you can attend. If you miss a webinar, IAAP records and archives every webinar. Members receive free access to archived webinars.  Non-members can access for a fee.  Registrants of a live broadcast webinar will receive access to the recording at the conclusion of the broadcast.

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2020 - 2021 Organizational Professional Development Webinar Series - Built Environments

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 


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?

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Campus Accessibility from the Perspective of an Employee with a Disability

Live Broadcast Date:  October 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Sheri Byrne-Haber, Head of Accessibility, VMware
Target Audience: Anyone involved in building accessibility, employee relations, autism at work programs
Skill Level: Beginner


Architects and facilities personnel frequently stop worrying about accessibility at the point where the accessibility inspection is passed and occupancy permits are received. In contrast, wheelchair users and others with mobility issues or conditions exacerbated by workplace layout have to deal with the building as occupied. And there is a whole world of best practices and accessibility issues that come up with "lived in" buildings that don't occur when the building is empty. This webinar will focus on identifying these issues and providing best practices for people to follow.

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Developing an Accessibility Strategy and Action Plan

Live Broadcast Date:  November 5, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)
Speaker(s): Andres Balcazar, Director of Disability Affairs, Mexican Human Rights Commission
Target Audience: Consultants, city officers, facility managers
Skill Level: Intermediate


Accessibility audits and its recommendations, as well as implementing universal design measures for persons with disabilities and other beneficiaries would be best implemented if the consultant and the client have an accessibility strategy and action plan considering priorities, timelines, and milestones. The action plan is essential for large construction projects, urban developments and cities, especially under budget constraints from the public and private sector. This webinar's objective is to provide examples of existing worldwide accessibility strategies at the city level and how to outline an action plan for any building or facility.

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Accessibility and Fire Safety Considerations

Live Broadcast Date:  January 20, 2021- POSTPONED - A new date will be announced.
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)
Speaker(s): Steve Dering, Chief Operations Officer, Direct Access Consultancy Ltd. and Darren Franks, Director, Globex
Target Audience: People with built environment responsibilities
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate


This webinar will provide an overview of fire safety regulations and how they compare with accessibility regulations in different countries. Steve Dering will also cover the findings of his 2018 Masters dissertation covering the perspectives of disabled people in evacuation. Globex, an evacuation chair manufacturer, will detail the different types of evacuation chairs and the operational scenarios for each.

Accessible Wayfinding Systems in the Built Environment will Start a New Era of Accessibility

Live Broadcast Date:  February 10, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)
Speaker(s): Idan Meir, Co-Founder, CEO, RightHear
Target Audience: O&M, Accessibility Consultants, Accessibility Specialists
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
- Advanced


Accessible wayfinding systems will become ubiquitous in public spaces by 2025. Different technologies and policies are now being developed to prepare for the next exciting era of accessibility in the built environment. In this webinar, we'll walk through the opportunities, challenges, and other aspects of the new future of accessibility for people with orientation challenges, including the blind and visually impaired. We'll also discuss the duties, cost, and operational efforts required towards this future as well as sharing real case-studies from around the world in this field.

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Disability Sector Engagement for Accessible Transport

Live Broadcast Date:  March 10, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)
Speaker(s): Bridget Burdett, Principal Researcher, MRCagney
Target Audience: Transport planners, engineers, community engagement specialists, disability advocates, inclusive access advisors
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate 
- Advanced


This webinar is about the why and how transport professionals should work with disabled people and the organisations that represent them to get more accessible transport outcomes. It will be presented by Bridget Burdett, a transport professional with experience in accessible transport; and Paul Brown, a disabled person and policy advisor at New Zealand's Disabled Person's Assembly. The webinar will include stories and research to explain why engagement is valuable, and methods to help transport professionals to engage with disabled people in different project contexts.

After the Audit: Accessibility Reporting and Recommendations

Live Broadcast Date:  April 26, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Marnie Peters, President, Accessibility Simplified
Target Audience: Professionals who complete accessibility audits primarily on existing built facilities, but the approach can also be used for developing reports based on construction drawings.
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate


This webinar will focus on what to do after you have developed a comprehensive written report and detailed recommendations for remediation to the client. The webinar will address determining effective prioritization of the recommendations, based on a number of perspectives and considerations including: disability, capital considerations, human rights, codes and standards among other things. The webinar will also address the consequences associated with the prioritization.

The Role of Universal Design, Accessibility and Engagement of Persons with Disabilities towards Inclusive and Accessible Cities for All

Live Broadcast Date:  May 25, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius, Program Officer, Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development, World Blind Union and Benjamin Dard, Senior Advisor for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development, World Blind Union
Target Audience: Accessibility professionals, policy makers, architects, designers, urban planners, city authority professionals, organisations of persons with disabilities
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced


Global development frameworks, including the 2030 Agenda and New Urban Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development, are increasingly impacting how our cities are planned and designed to leave no one behind in urban transformation. This webinar will present how Organisations of Persons with Disabilities have engaged to influence global policies to further integrate Universal Design and accessibility in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, primarily Article 9 and General Comment 2(2014). This webinar will present the global mechanisms used, existing global policy frameworks and how accessibility is integrated, and outline good urban policy and design practices, and showcase classic policy and design mistakes sustaining or reinforcing accessibility barriers in the urban built environment.

Embedding Universal Design within the Built Environment 

Live Broadcast Date:  June 30, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Eoin O'Herlihy, Managing Director - Senior Access Consultant, O'Herlihy Access Consultancy
Target Audience: All those with an interest in embedding Universal Design
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced


This webinar will provide delegates with an overview of how to embed Universal Design within the built environment. It will provide an overview of how organisations can ensure that Universal Design is fully integrated within the organisation and cover key topics such as raising awareness, training requirements, capital works, existing buildings, meeting the health and safety needs of people with disabilities and day to day operations of buildings.

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