Barrier-free, accessible, universal, and inclusive design are all terms used to describe the same thing: a design that creates a built environment usable by everyone. Minimum barrier-free design requirements are derived from the provincial and national building codes.
The inaugural David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility honoured Access Orangeville for going above and beyond to improve accessibility for disabled people. The Ontario provincial award recognizes organizations or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in creating awareness of accessibility and disability issues in their communities.
Accessibility and barrier-free design notwithstanding, the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), referenced in the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC), sets different operating force limits for standard CW and AW Performance Class windows. There are inherent differences between window types.
Accessibility to fresh air and a connection to the outdoors for those with physical disabilities are especially important in skilled nursing and personal care facilities, multi-family dwellings, and hotels, along with classrooms and dormitories. To help ensure this access, windows capable of meeting operating force and motion requirements of International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI) A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, are being more commonly specified in the United States. This trend can be expected to expand into Canada.
Daily, people pass through buildings without much thought regarding the effort needed to open a door. However, many of those in wheelchairs, pushing baby strollers, or carrying multiple packages can sometimes find things more challenging. With a power-operated door, removing the barrier for entry is as simple as tapping a button.