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Planning for an Accessible Community


Original Air Date: April 10th, 2018  1pm - 2pm ET


As cities across North America develop plans to invest in everything from automated vehicles and high-speed rail, to green spaces and Smart Cities, municipalities often find themselves faced with the challenge of incorporating accessibility into their plans and policies. For some, accessibility has always been a consideration, and one that staff are equipped and knowledgeable enough to handle. For others, accessibility is an element of planning that municipalities struggle to understand, internalize, and incorporate.


Barriers to accessibility are specific to the people, infrastructure, and operations that exist within a community, as well as events that have a direct impact on the capacity of a municipality to service its citizens. This webinar will examine what accessibility looks like, questions that need to be asked when planning for an accessible municipality, challenges faced by citizens who face barriers to accessible infrastructure, and what best accessibility planning practices look like.


The webinar will also provide a briefing of the new Enabling Accessibility Fund for Mid-Sized Projects. Applications for the grant are due May 24, 2018.




  • Dr. Jeff Preston, Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at King’s University College
  • Devin Causley RPP, Manager of Climate Change Programs with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)