Accessibility in the face of a pandemic: How inclusive features are undermined in health crises
Drawing from years of experience navigating barriers in the social, cultural, and built environments as a person with a disability, this episode will focus on the importance of engaging people with diverse lived experiences at the outset of the design process as a step towards adopting a more inclusive approach to the built environment. By introducing the concept of disability-led design and incorporating lived-experience examples, this webinar further elucidates the power that is traditionally embedded and distributed within the creative process and intends to advocate for people with disabilities to be seen not just as end-users of design, but as drivers of design. The added context of a global pandemic brings new issues for safe accessible design to the forefront. Surfaces that require physical contact can no longer be used in the same way, but the sanitation of such surfaces can be a complicated issue. These are situations that the health community and society as a whole need to consider and tackle to keep everyone safe in all current and future health crises.
Darby Lee Young, Level Playing Field
Darby has over a decade of experience working as an accessibility strategist. She established Level Playing Field in 2015 and is an expert in Universal Design and international accessibility guidelines and standards. Darby has successfully contributed to the removal of barriers at municipal, provincial and national levels, ultimately establishing inclusive environments all across Canada. Darby’s expertise in Universal Design has developed throughout a wide range of public roles including her achievements as a competitive para-alpine skier. She is committed to contributing her unique lived-experience and various political appointments to passionately advocate for lasting inclusive environments that benefit everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or ability. Darby is both a Top 25 Women of Influence (2021) and Top 40 Under 40 (2021 & 2018) honouree and recipient of the 2016 Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Innovation Award.