Designers are making a more accessible BC – The Georgia Straight

Designers are making a more accessible BC

posted on November 26th, 2023 at 12:52 PM

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      By Mihika Agarwal

      Tucked away in a corner of Vancouver’s sprawling BC Place is a small yet immersive space that is designed to engulf visitors’ senses. The walls of the cool, dark room feature glowing neon panels that emit the soothing sound of flowing water. What may initially appear to be textured artworks or optical illusion boards are actually interactive elements, made by medical professionals to help guests shift their focus from the chaos outside to the calming environment inside. BC Place launched this sensory room in September in an effort to increase accessibility and inclusivity for all its guests.

      BC Place’s initiative comes as part of Vancouver’s growing movement to make more opportunities—goods, services, and spaces in the built environment—available that prioritize user accessibility. The effort follows the ratification of the 2021 Accessible British Columbia Act: a mandate that requires more than 750 public sector organizations in BC to form accessibility committees, including [...]

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