Accessibility Professional Designation

Accessibility Professional™ Designation

Home renovation professionals and builders must lead the way when it comes to creating living spaces that are in demand. Incorporating universal and age-friendly design into residential constructions projects results in home and dwellings designed and constructed to accommodate the diversity of age and ability. Accessible homes will better meet the needs of our aging society.
Becoming an Accessibility Professional™ will set you apart from the competition. The designation is available only for members of the Ontario Home Builders' Association that successfully complete the online training.

Training is available online through four full day introductory-level accessibility training divided into four modules: each addressing key topics with regards to accessibility housing.
Through this webinar series attendees will gain valuable information and design advice on creating accessible, sustainable and affordable housing options for aging Canadians to enjoy.

About the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit:
- The credit is a permanent, refundable personal income tax credit for seniors and family members who live with them. If you qualify, you can claim up to $10,000 worth of eligible home improvements on your tax return. The amount is calculated as 15% of the eligible expenses on a claim.

Through our partnership with the Accessibility Advantage, the Accessibility Professional™ designation will set you apart from the competition in this emerging field.

Week 1 - MODULE 1: Exterior Property Access
  • Grading and Site Design
  • Exterior Paths of Travel (paving, tactility, visual/sensory clues)
  • Ramps and Stairs
  • Exterior Lifts
  • Threshold details
Week 2 - MODULE 2: Interior Access
  • Entrances
  • Hallways and Doorways
  • Stairs
  • Vertical Access (elevators, stair lifts)
  • Visitability 
Week 3 - MODULE 3: Accessible Kitchen Design
  • Clear floor spaces/maneuvering spaces
  • Reach Range
  • Appliances
  • Cabinetry
  • Adaptability
Week 4 - MODULE 4: Accessible Bathroom Design
  • Abilities/needs of Resident
  • Clear floor spaces/maneuvering spaces
  • Water Closet requirements
  • Lavatory requirements
  • Bathing Requirements
During each session, attendees will be able to download "take away" resources
Susan Ruptash, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, AIA, Principal Quadrangle Architects Limited
Susan is a Principal of Quadrangle Architects Limited and a Director of AccessAbility Advantage. Susan's passion for barrier-free and universal design has informed Quadrangle's project work and led her to a number of specialized consulting roles in this field, including championing a better understanding of universal design. Susan sat on the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Accessible Built Environment Standards Development Committee.
Jess Klimitaz, B.A., M.Arch., MRAIC, LEED® Green Associate, Quadrangle Architects Limited
Jesse is an accessibility expert, currently overseeing the creation of accessibility output specifications, design and construction review for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games sports venues. Jesse imparts his passion and expertise in universal design while negotiating sustainability, cost and heritage objectives. 

Amy Pothier, I.D.D., Intern ARIDO, Leed® Green Associate, Quadrangle Architects Limited
Amy is an intern interior designer, accessibility and building code specialist, focusing on creating user-friendly spaces and combining her expertise of building and accessibility codes with architectural and interior design. She has a strong passion for designing enjoyable spaces that all people can easily access. Amy also works as an accessibility consultant creating output specifications and providing accessibility consultation on the design and construction of new athletic venues for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.