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Forum Topic: Forward Movement in Accessibility: municipal to global

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Roger P Gervais

Please view the Word document; includes the attachments that were mentioned in it. https://www.dropbox.com/home/Attachments%20for%20VisitAbility%20email

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Mary-Jo Fetterly

This is a great topic for conversation.  How is your experience with accessibility in your city? Can municipalities lead the way for Global change?

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Roger P Gervais

I live in Ottawa so it varies depending on public versus private dwellings. Credit is well-deserved for Co-Operative housing because they’ve had units with various levels of accessibility for decades. Our Affordable Housing Unit with the City of Ottawa is also doing very well, especially with new projects, where it varies from VisitAbility to fully accessible units (percentage of units varies among projects). As for private dwellings, it’s still custom projects that lead with inventory. My home in Greely (southern part of Ottawa) has a number of features that was part of our new construction in 2009, which also includes an attached in-law suite.

I currently have an active code change request with the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes that recommends 100% VisitAbility for new dwellings and is under review by the Working Group on VisitAbility and by the Task Group on Accessibility.

I have examples of best practices in Canada, like the Bridgwater development in Winnipeg where 50% of homes must be VisitAble. A case study is available.

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