Trent University Accessibility Audit
In the fall of 2012, Trent hired the firm Accessibility Advantage to conduct a physical access audit of facilities in Peterborough and Durham. This audit was in keeping with Trent’s commitment to accessibility and inclusivity of persons with disabilities; as well, the audit was a means of preparing Trent to better meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements related to the built environment.
The audit itself occurred in August and September of 2012. The audit identified upgrades required to improve accessibility and thereby meet the access needs of building users from a cross-disability perspective.
The criteria established for the audit were:
- Ontario Building code Section 3.8, 2006 – “Barrier-Free design”
- CSA B651-12 -“Accessible design for the built environment”
- Best practices from the ‘Draft Built Environment Standard” – AODA 2012
The audit identified 1480 barriers to accessibility on Trent’s campuses. The majority of barriers were classified under four (4) priorities:
- safety (80 barriers)
- building access (53 barriers)
- interior access (641 barriers)
- common areas and facilities (665 barriers)
In the winter of 2013, Accessibility Advantage provided a further document that laid out the cost of addressing priorities from the audit.
Trent’s Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility continues to work with several departments including Physical Resources, as well as the PACHREA Accessibility Subcommittee, on actively addressing barriers highlighted in this audit. For more information about the Accessibility Audit, please contact Andrea Walsh.