Zoom Recording: June 4th 2020 Public Services Procurement Canada National Accessibility Awareness Week Session

National Accessibility Awareness Week Session: Enhancing Accessibility One Building at a Time

Seminar – PSPC Accessibility Week Thursday, June 4th @11:00 AM

60-minute presentation, panel discussion and Q&A.


Jim Taggart FRAIC, Editor, SABMag (Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine); Executive Director Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Foundation; Director Gateway Navigation

Albert A. Ruel, Canadian Council of the Blind, Coordinator, Get Together with Technology Program, Advisor, Gateway Navigation.

Jeff Godfrey: Lead software developer Y4U Technologies Inc. (Accessibuld App) North Bay, Ontario.

Brian Bibault, Get Together with Technology Program, Beta Tester Accessibuild

David Brun, Founder & Director, Gateway Navigation


A decade after the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the, Accessible Canada Act, marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of, and attitude towards disability. No longer do we view disability as a medical condition, or a circumstance to be alleviated through acts of charity or welfare programs, rather it is now seen as a social phenomenon that results from the interaction of a person with an environment that, through its design, denies that person the opportunity of full participation in society.

However, technology is emerging that will give building users, who are blind, visually impaired, or unable to interpret traditional visual queues, access to site specific information for interior navigation using their smart phone. Unlike GPS for which the satellite infrastructure had been previously developed by various space agencies and national governments, interior navigation networks must be developed one building at a time.

This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of this technology and the protocols being developed to ensure a seamless interface and consistent experience for users, whatever building they may be trying to access anywhere in Canada. Authorities having jurisdiction, building owners and designers will learn what role they can play in advancing this technology and hence improving accessibility in their buildings. Attendees will have the opportunity to try the technology for themselves experiencing the virtual map created for the Sinclair Centre in Vancouver using the Accessibuild platform and free IOS app.

Seminar Information:

Date: Thursday, June 4th

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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