One in five Canadians identifies with having a disability including our CEO and Head Chair, Sean Crump who has been living as a person with quadriplegia since 2004.
Before my accident I had no idea there would be so many social and economic implications to a place being inaccessible. Simple things can often be done to create an inclusive atmosphere in both public and private spaces.
Social inclusion is foundational to our work, and Universal Access exists to create equity in access to opportunity for all community members by reducing barriers. One of the tremendous ripple effects of our work when addressing accessibility in the workplace or a commercial setting is that we are also opening more doors for more citizens to participate in our economy.
According to the Conference Board of Canada’s Business Case to Build Accessible Environments, improvements to workplace access alone would allow 550,000 Canadians with disabilities to work more, increasing GDP by $16.8 billion by 2030.
We’re guided by both our lived experience and Universal Design standards from around the world. From conferences and events to coffee shops and commercial spaces in excess of 500,000 square feet we’ll help you understand and address the unique relationship between spatial layout, social inclusion and the impacts on your triple bottom line.
We believe in design for all and hope you’ll join us in creating a barrier-free community.
In the news
Sean featured on BTV http://www.btcalgary.ca/videos/universal-access/
Client spotlight: Dandy Brewing Company on CTV https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/local-brewery-makes-accessibility-a-priority-as-business-expands-into-ramsay-1.3874882
Universal Access brings accessibility to national conference https://www.belocal.org/living-locally/making-econous-universally-accessible/