The Heritage for All research project currently underway aims to eliminate physical barriers to Canada's federally-owned heritage buildings while preserving historical integrity. The project will research, propose and test new ideas for the development of accessibility strategies with the intention that this work will inform and advance future national accessibility standards for federally-owned heritage buildings.
Funded by the Accessibility Standards Canada’s Advancing Accessibility Standards Research Program, participating organizations will also include the KITE Research Institute, Easter Seals Canada, the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, Canadian Disability Foundation, Phil Goldsmith Architect and National Trust for Canada. Human Space will facilitate input and coordinate efforts to better understand the issues, challenges, and opportunities of improving accessibility within various historic contexts.
Phase One of Heritage for All is an initial investigation phase including an environmental scan of federally-owned heritage buildings in urban centres, and the initiative will continue with a national outreach campaign to disability groups, heritage professionals and other parties interested in participating in workshops and sharing of feedback to inform the work.
Further details about participation and input into our work will be announced soon!