Accessible Consulting

Accessible Analysis
Making accessibility easier for everyone    

What is an Accessible Analysis?

The Accessible Analysis is the first step towards improving accessibility.  The Accessible Analysis is an important tool to identify barriers, within a building and also external areas such as sidewalks, car parking etc.  With the results of the analysis we can develop an access plan.

Since the Accessible Analysis is done
mostly on already existing building, it may be noted that due to the structural limitations it may not be possible to retrofit accessibility features in all parts of the building. Therefore, retrofitting may need to be coupled with staff training and awareness classes to get the desired customer satisfaction.

What is the estimated cost?

The charges of the Accessible Consultant for an access appraisal will be dependent on the size and complexity of the building structure however the charges are insignificant when compared to the total benefits of an inclusive and accessible building/space.  Cost will also depend on the amount of staff taking part in our Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Training classes.

What is the scope of an Accessible Analysis?

The elements covered in an Accessible Analysis depend on the type and nature of the environment and services under consideration. Buildings and sites vary considerably and, although there will be common elements between particular types, no two will be exactly the same. Generally the elements covered in an Accessible Analysis include:

  • Accessibility into the premises – entrance, steps, thresholds, doors, lobby/reception area, seating, and lighting.
  • Ability to move around the premises – corridors, doors, stairs, ramps, elevators, signage, floor surfaces.
  • Using the services in the premises – toilets, washrooms, changing and bathrooms, hotel rooms, room layout, eating areas, bar, lighting, heating, switches, handles, seating, furniture, telephone, alarm, health and safety issues, management and staff attitudes.
  • Exploring alternative ways of providing access to services – where a physical feature makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for a service to be accessed. For example, installing a call bell for help at an approved height, providing a piece of equipment or offering extra assistance from trained staff.
  • Marketing and communication materials – publicity materials both printed and websites, menus, training materials and manuals, instruction sheets, suggestion forms etc.

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