GAATES Design of Public Spaces Course Re-launched!

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 22 2018

GAATES LogoONTARIO, CANADA: The Global Alliance for Assistive Technology and Environments (GAATES) has re-launched the Design of Public Spaces (DOPS) online course to a new platform housed on the GAATES website at

This accessible online course provides a comprehensive orientation to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces. With development funding through Ontario’s Enabling Change Program, it was initially targeted to design professionals practicing in Ontario. The content is based on Universal Design principles and can be applied in many other regions outside of Ontario.  It is available to members of the organizations below to achieve development credits, as well as individuals with an interest in making public spaces universally accessible.

On completion of the course, participants will understand the scope, application criteria and technical requirements of the accessibility standard, as well as their professional obligations to comply with this regulation within Ontario.

Course topics include:

  • Overview of the regulation
  • Definition for Public Spaces
  • Compliance obligations – who needs to comply and by when
  • Technical design requirements for the Public Spaces that are regulated including:
    • Exterior paths of travel
    • Recreation trails, beach access routes and outdoor public-use eating areas
    • Accessible parking
    • Obtaining service
    • Maintaining accessible public spaces

Professional Association Partners:

GAATES’ is pleased to offer this course in association with the following project partners:

  • Ontario Association of Architects
  • Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
  • Association of Registered Interior Designer of Ontario
  • Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario
  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

GAATES welcomes any feedback you may have about the DOPS course content or new platform to

Source: GAATES

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