Human Space helps City of Toronto update its accessibility design guidelines
City council has adopted the first comprehensive update to Toronto’s Accessibility Design Guidelines (TADG) since its publication in 2004. The research and technical update was led by Toronto-based, global consultancy company, Human Space.
The new guidelines outline best practices that will apply to all future construction and renovations to City-owned and operated buildings and public spaces to improve accessibility for people with physical disabilities.
Recommendations will prompt changes to spaces and elements such as parking, service counters, washrooms, as well as signage and wayfinding. The scope of the guidelines has expanded to introduce accessibility requirements for City-owned recreational facilities and childcare centres. The project team also redesigned the document itself to be compatible with screen reader software for people who are blind or visually impaired.
The Guidelines conclude seven years of collaboration between Human Space and City stakeholders with input from over a dozen agencies, including the CNIB Foundation, Pegasus, Nucleus Independent Living, R-Path and Silent Voice Canada to guide the new requirements.
In addition to improving the overall accessibility of City of Toronto facilities, Human Space, the City of Toronto and the participating stakeholders hope that the document will also prompt other municipalities and the private sector to achieve accessible building design beyond the minimum standards required by provincial legislation and outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Building Code.
For more information about the City of Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines, visit humanspace.global and www.toronto.ca.