Tania Bortolotto, President of Bortolotto speaks to what all-inclusive design means and how architects have an important role in implementing the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s mandate of respecting the dignity of persons with disabilities in the October issue of Award Magazine Everyone Welcome: Raising awareness about accessibility and all-inclusive design.
“Equal opportunity, social justice, employment legislation, and the Ontario Human Rights Code are among the many influencers for accessibility”, says Tania.
The Ontario Human Rights Code stresses the notion of respecting the dignity of persons with disabilities and by 'respects their dignity’ it means to act in a manner which recognizes the privacy, confidentiality, comfort, autonomy and self-esteem of persons with disabilities, which maximizes their integration and which promotes full participation in society.
Bortolotto continues to work with clients such as Toronto Community Housing, who have above average accessibility standards to ensure all-inclusive design. The team often designs wheelchair accessible furniture which is an important feature for public projects such as community centers and for educational institutions.
Located in Lakehead University’s Student Central, this custom piece re-invents a typical service bench, into an animated, strong gesture, becoming a centerpiece for the space. A continuous solid surface element bends and shifts to create pockets for sitting, standing, and to be accessed by wheelchair.