Being accessible makes sense for everyone. Ensuring your organization provides a welcoming environment for all individuals, including those with disabilities, is not only a moral obligation and a smart financial decision but also a legal requirement. An important first step toward accessibility is a Built Environment Accessibility Audit.
An accessibility audit is a review of your facility to determine its usability for the full range of users in your community. It’s not just about accessibility for those with a disability, it’s about everyone such as children, older adults or an employee with an armful of boxes. The audit will identify fundamental elements that can bring you ‘up to code’ as well as simple operational items that can be quickly and easily addressed.
Although the term ‘audit’ can sound intimidating, our approach is not. We take an interactive approach to help you understand what applies to your facility along with the barriers and how to address them. Each audit is tailored to the client and the facility but generally includes the following:
The audit will cover all aspects of the staff and visitor experience to the facility. This includes the full experience from arriving on site through to entering the building and using the facilities within it. This includes exterior elements such as parking, exterior paths, and outdoor spaces. Interior elements include entrances, corridors, washrooms, office spaces, systems and controls as well as facility-specific areas.
An accessibility audit brings a number of benefits and most importantly is an important first step in realizing the benefits of being accessible:
Cost of an accessibility audit is geared to the size and complexity of a building as well as the scope of accessibility standards that the building will be measured against. A small simple building measured against basic building code will be less costly than a large, complicated facility measured against universal design and best practices. Contact us for a quote.
Although it depends on the building, most audits take one day of onsite measurements and photos. The comprehensive written report is typically delivered a couple of weeks afterwards.