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May 17 2022 Lecture /

TSA Technical Series: Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Online via Zoom

$15 General Admission, Free for TSA Members using code in April 6 Bulletin

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Inclusive design is a process that enables and draws on the full range of human diversity. Most importantly, this means including and learning from people with a range of perspectives.

Updated in 2021, the new City of Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines (TADG) are a benchmark guide for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the built environment. TADG builds upon the minimum legislated standards, such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Design of Public Spaces Standards (DOPS), and the Ontario Building Code (OBC), and integrates better practices, research and the lived experience of persons with disabilities.The guidelines act as a guiding standard of excellence in accessibility for building and renovation, representing a best practice standard and a level of accessibility that goes beyond that of the minimum legislative requirements.

Comprehensive in nature, TADG includes improved guidelines for accessible parking, service counters, signage and wayfinding, washrooms and other updated requirements covered within several key categories: exterior, interior, systems and controls and maintenance.

Join us for this 1 hour lecture as Jesse Klimitz, Lorene Casiez and Haley Rae Dinnall-Atkinson of Human Space, accessibility consultants to the TADG, provide us with an overview of these improved guidelines and the principles behind them. A variety of qualitative considerations and technical requirements in TADG will be reviewed to demonstrate thoughtful design solutions that can improve individual experiences.

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About the Speakers:

Jesse Klimitz

B.A., M.Arch., MRAIC, OAA, AAA, AIBC, MAA, NSAA, Fitwel Ambassador

Jesse Klimitz is the Director of Human Space, a global inclusive design consultancy of BDP. Jesse focuses his expertise on strengthening architecture with inclusive design practices. As a trained Canadian architect, this interest and expertise led Jesse to oversee the creation of Human Space, championing its strategic growth, operations and global client experience.

Lorene Casiez

B.ScN., M.N., B.Des., WELL AP, RHFAC

Lorene is the accessibility and wellness practice lead at Human Space. Lorene works towards pushing for a higher level of accessibility and wellness in all of our projects and steers the practice towards projects that will have a meaningful impact. She strategically analyzes the market and our clients’ needs, while also contributing her technical expertise on accessibility and wellness requirements and inclusive design strategies. Being WELL accredited, Lorene is also able to advise clients how to optimize their built environments for human health and wellbeing.

Haley Rae Dinnall-Atkinson


Haley Rae is an Intermediate Accessibility Specialist at Human Space. She is committed to using an intersectional approach to design, actively including and learning from people with a range of perspectives and educating others about ways to create spaces for all. Haley Rae helps to lead and develop inclusive design strategies and practices across multiple projects. She actively practices allyship, and draws on her lived, professional and volunteer experiences to advocate for inclusion, equity and accessibility.

About Human Space

Human Space is a global inclusive design consultancy of BDP. Their human-centered approach creates spaces, buildings and communities that consider people first and incorporates broad perspectives to arrive at better solutions. This means pursuing a comprehensive approach to community building that includes accessibility, wellness and inclusion as essential components to creating safe, equitable and resilient built environments. Human Space has successfully delivered more than 200 projects over the past decade spanning healthcare, residential, workplace, hospitality, recreation, education, transportation and public realm.


TSA MEMBERS: This event is free for TSA members using the discount code found in our April 5 e-bulletin! Not a member yet? Membership is open to everyone and you can join here (student memberships are free!).

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