Doing Business Differently is the annual Rethinking Disabilities Conference sponsored by the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN). This conference will be held October 23-25, 2017 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel Toronto North in Richmond Hill.
Siddhant Shah, an architect, recently wrote an article for Architectural Digest and stated that a building’s esthetics should not only be designed to look amazing, but should facilitate the experience for all, including individuals with disabilities. Smooth polished marble floors, for instance look pleasing to the eye, but they also impede navigation for people who are visually impaired or the elderly. With a little forethought, a floor designed with different coloured tiles to highlight or demarcate sections would act as a guide for the user.
Moving houses can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. Often, the reason for the move is because its layout is no longer compatible with the abilities of the aging homeowner. Many homeowners are now thinking proactively about future challenges in their accommodation needs by ‘Renovating for Life.’ This trend means homeowners are upgrading their existing homes by considering their future needs and not just what colour palate is in Vogue today.