Accessibility Consulting and Inclusive Design Services

Residential Accessibility


Barrier Free Home Modifications


Enabling Access' Inclusive Design Specialists address the functional use of space as it relates to a person's current and future mobility, cognitive, and sensory potential. We work with individuals, families, architects, and renovators to determine safe and cost-effective solutions to allow improved accessibility for residents with disabilities and for those who want to Age In Place.  We move beyond building codes to create living environments that optimize ergonomics and ability and match the aesthetics of the current dwelling.  Click on the Safe Living Manitoba logo below to learn more about this exciting new home modifications program!



Building an Accessible New Home


Our Inclusive Design Specialists are skilled in the planning of universally designed residential features and can be a valued asset to your design team. Reviewing and providing consultation on architectural concept and specifications drawings can ensure all current and future functional, sensory and accessibility needs of the family members and visiting community can be met.  Marnie Courage has worked with builders and developers, disability agencies and private homeowners on new accessible condominiums, single family homes, and mixed-use residential buildings. Building inclusive residences with an expert in disability and inclusive design features on your team will ensure your new build is fit for all!

Corporate Accessibility & Inclusive Design Consultation

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law in 2013 and was developed to identify, prevent and remove barriers to accessibility of services and the public environment. Our  Inclusive Design services assist building owners and businesses to stretch beyond building codes to reach best-practice Canadian Standards in accessibility and inclusion.


When consulting on new public or employee space, or the renovation of current space, we use principles of Universal Design and Sustainability while considering the functional use of space as it relates to mobility, cognition and sensory differences in the people who work for and access the environment. Our Inclusive Design Specialists work with architects, builders, project managers to help you renovate or build a fully accessible environment, optimizing ergonomics and ability, with a human factor focus. By involving us in the early concept design phase instead of having us review finished specification plans, you can ensure cost-saving, functional solutions are embedded into your plan before it is too late to add important accessibility features and functional design elements. 

Customer Service Accessibility Audits

This innovative user experience, tablet-based screening, is conducted by our cross-disability expert Testers who identify barriers in Customer Service based on their on-site, telephone and website interactions. Our disability and accessibility professionals (Enabling Access’ Occupational Therapists) coordinate the screenings, examine solutions and consider best practice barrier removal strategies to improve organizational attitudes and practices related to disability and accessibility. The report deliverable outlines prioritized solutions to remove and prevent Customer Service barriers, with the goal of creating a more inclusive organization. Our findings and proposed solutions are presented to organization stakeholders, aim to meet obligations under the Customer Service Standard of the AMA, and can be applied directly into the organizational Accessibility Plan. 

Architectural/ Physical Accessibility Audits

This professional audit includes a tablet-based, user experience screening of the physical environment, conducted by our cross-disability Testers to identify physical barriers in your environment. These findings inform Enabling Access’ Occupational Therapists and f- BLOK Architecture’s Architects as they conduct a comprehensive analysis of interior and exterior spaces considering best practice accessibility and inclusive design guidelines. The comprehensive report offers prioritized conceptual remedial work and ‘work-arounds’ for deficient areas. Functional solutions include a variety of sensory, physical, and cognitive considerations. Our findings and proposed solutions are presented to organizational stakeholders and can be applied directly into the organization's Accessibility Plan. 

Accessible Event Planning

This professional consultative service includes a tablet-based, user experience screening of the physical environment specific to current or future events, conducted by our cross-disability MLPD representatives to identify physical barriers. Their results inform our Architects and Occupational Therapists as they conduct a comprehensive analysis of the exterior and interior spaces related to the event, a review of all event related marketing (web, print, media), audio-visual requirements, safety procedures, and staffing services. The comprehensive report deliverable includes short-term workarounds and prioritized long-term solutions to ensure your events are inclusive and accessible for all.

Workplace Accessibility and Inclusion Training

The following 1/2 day training sessions can be customized for your workplace:


*Creating Inclusive Workplaces - Recruitment to Accommodation 


*Accessible Customer Service Practices - Small Efforts, Big Impact 


*Disability Awareness- Dignity, Respect, and Human Rights


Please call for detailed course content and pricing.

Accessibility Symposiums and Workshops

Home Modifications - Building Accessible Futures    

June 14, 2018. Viscount Gort Hotel. Winnipeg. 9 am- 12 pm 



October 19, 2017

Marnie Courage presented "Accessible Real Estate: New Laws. New Opportunites."

at the REALTORS Reset Conference in Winnipeg.






Marnie Courage of Enabling Access Hosts Inclusive Design Symposium


With 72 attendees sharing the goal of improving the Inclusive Design

of Manitoba's built environment, our event was a great success!

Thank you to speakers Bob Topping of DesignAble Environments,

Trevor Rebeck of CHCP Elevators, and Nicole Gareau-Wilson from the Disabilities Issues Office for their contributions!


         

            



The Accessibility for Manitoban's Act and all that it involves is new and unfamiliar to most of us who attended your presentation. We knew about the highly visible areas, such as wheelchair ramps and automatic door openers, but for most of us, that’s as far as it went. When Marnie Courage spoke of room layout design, technology, and communication barriers this was something that most of us just took for granted.  You walked us through a lot of valuable information and you provided us with the tools we will need to meet the needs of our communities.


-Doug Armstrong (Brandon School Division)