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Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility has achieved the highest national accessibility rating to date under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program for our new head office at 2005 Quebec Street, Vancouver. With a score of 96 out of 100 points (96%).
What is Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification?
RHFAC is a national rating system that measures and certifies the level of meaningful access of buildings and sites, based on the holistic user experience of people with varying disabilities affecting their mobility, vision, and hearing. To date, over 1,300 sites across Canada have been rated through the program. Visit the Rick Hansen Foundation website to find out more.
“Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility is proud to receive the highest national accessibility rating under the RHFAC program. As the leading provider of services that break down barriers to communication for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and hearing, we wanted to build an inclusive environment that showcased the best in universal design for our clients, employees and community. To achieve this high standard, we brought experts from around the globe together to ensure this facility was a space that welcomed everyone.”
– Christopher T. Sutton, CEO, Wavefront Centre
“Wavefront Centre has raised the bar for accessibility building standards across Canada through this outstanding achievement, and we are delighted to celebrate with them. We encourage other organizations to look at Wavefront Centre for inspiration in reviewing the meaningful accessibility of their buildings, and begin the journey towards creating a more inclusive future for everyone.”
– Rick Hansen, Founder, Rick Hansen Foundation
ACCESSIBLE BUILDING FEATURES INCLUDE:
- Curved corridor corners to enable clear sightlines to approaching individuals
- Improved lighting to elevate visual communication cues
- Large-area assistive listening system in meeting rooms
- Visual and auditory alerting, security and wayfinding system
- Visual displays in meeting rooms to project captioning and interpreting services
- Accessible washrooms with fixtures and counters optimized for wheelchairs and those with mobility issues
- Wider corridors to not only accommodate wheelchairs but also to provide adequate space for sign language users as they travel through hallways
- Acoustically optimized walls, ceilings and flooring to control room reverberation, sound transfer and background noise
- Strategic installation of electrical and mechanical systems to reduce the effects of electromagnetic interference on induction loop systems
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