Good news and bad news re: building accessibility in Victoria
Throughout our assessments, we have seen some great innovations and serious considerations for accessibility. In general, we’ve noticed that many public buildings implement good acoustics, which helps people with hearing impairments. Internal ramps are also, in general, well-designed throughout the city, helping people with mobility impairments.
Some areas for improvement we’ve noticed in Victoria’s public spaces:
- lack of signage
- lack of colour contrast
- poor lighting in elevators
We are working with property owners to improve or create accessible entrances by utilizing space for ramps or refurbishing currently unused elevator systems. We hope the work we do during this project and afterwards will help improve these and other aspects of building design and planning.
The biggest trend we have noticed with all our assessments is that the clients, building managers and city staff we have dealt with are extremely positive and accommodating to our cause. Many clients, especially city staff administration, have expressed an eagerness to learn more about accessibility because it is becoming a serious priority in the planning and property development departments of many large organizations in Victoria. People in positions of leadership in Victoria have expressed a clear desire to implement accessibility solutions yet currently feel unsure which direction to move in.
The Rick Hansen Foundation JCP Victoria Team are here and happy to help.