Access 4 Disabilities (A4D) is working to improve “the ability for anyone, regardless of physical ability, to independently and safely access the built environment based on planned inclusion.” (the Rick Hansen Foundation definition of meaningful access).
Our population with disabilities is ‘the only minority sector in the world that any person can become a member of at any time. Disabilities can result from an accident, a medical condition, or the natural outcome of ageing. Yet people living with disabilities continue to face both visible and invisible barriers. These barriers limit their access and prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in and contributing to society. Research shows that when people living with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in society, their entire community benefits.’
(paraphrase from RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training Student Guide, 2018)
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