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Queen's embarks on two-year accessibility audit

An accessibility audit of the university’s built environment will commence during reading week with a pilot audit of Stirling Hall and Jeffery Hall.

The pilot audit will test the data collection and reporting methodology before the first phase of the project begins in April 2015. Over a two-year period, the university will audit approximately 6-million square-feet of interior and exterior space in academic and administration buildings, libraries, student centres and any other buildings expected to undergo capital upgrades, updates or renovations.

Jeffery Hall (foreground) is one of two Queen's buildings selected for the pilot accessibility audit that will occur over reading week. Stirling Hall is the other building. Over the next two years, the university will audit approximately 6-million square feet of interior and exterior space in order to identify and remove barriers.

“The accessibility audit supports the university’s commitment to building a campus community that is inclusive for all individuals,” says Deputy Provost Laeeque Daneshmend. “The information gathered during the audit will allow the university to identify and remove barriers so that persons with disabilities can achieve success in their academic and employment endeavours.”

Overseen by Campus Planning and Development (CPD), the audit will evaluate Queen’s buildings for compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and several other provincial and municipal design standards and codes. The results of the audit will help CPD plan and prioritize repairs and upgrades that have the maximum benefit for students, faculty and staff.

To limit disturbances to students, staff and faculty members, the pilot accessibility audit will occur over reading week.  A team of two auditors will visit their assigned building. One auditor will identify barriers, note priorities and take measurements, while the second auditor will input the data using a mobile device. The two-year accessibility audit, which will begin after the pilot audit conducted during reading week, will also occur in a non-intrusive manner with the on-site investigation taking place primarily during student breaks or outside class hours.

Questions or concerns about the accessibility audit can be directed to Yvonne Holland, Campus Planning Manager, by email or ext. 33374.