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02CE - AODA Public Spaces Standards: What You Need to Know

07 May 2014 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

3 ConEd learning hours

This session is being offered again Thursday, May 8, 8:30 AM –12:00 PM

Course Outline

This session will outline the application requirements and technical details of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act's, Design of Public Spaces Standards. These standards came into effect in early 2013, defining mandatory accessibility requirements for the design of public spaces in Ontario, such as sidewalks and pathways, recreational trails, playgrounds, outdoor public eating areas, and public parking facilities. This session will introduce the Design of Public Spaces Standards and, through interactive group activities, provide participants with an opportunity to explore the application of the standards to real projects.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the legal obligation for architectural projects to comply with the AODA Design of Public Spaces Standards
  2. Understand the application criteria and technical requirements of the AODA Design of Public Spaces Standards
  3. Understand the jurisdictional relationships between the accessibility requirements of the AODA Design of Public Spaces Standards, Ontario Building Code and Municipal Bylaws


Bob Topping is an architect and accessibility consultant; a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Bob earned a Bachelor of Architecture (1979) from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland. He is the president of DesignABLE Environments Inc., and a founding member of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES). Bob has over twenty-five years of experience practising and teaching architecture with a specialization and interest in the fields of barrier-free design and universal design. In his role as an accessibility consultant, Bob has assisted design teams realize the benefits of universal design and accessibility on projects within the justice, institutional, commercial, education, health care and entertainment sectors. Bob has presented workshops and participated in conferences around the world, educating design professionals on universal design of the built environment.