This year, Housing and Conference Services (HCS) initiated an external accessibility audit of all residence buildings to ensure that HCS spaces were not only compliant with legislation but also able to meet the changing needs and expectations of McMaster’s residence students and guests. Areas of improvement were identified to be addressed through our on-going accessibility strategy, as well as changes that could be quickly implemented.
As a result, soon many doorknobs will be updated to levers, public washrooms will have their fixtures adjusted to an accessible height, common room furniture will be repositioned, and additional door operators will be installed in buildings with designated accessible rooms. Further, two additional residence buildings now have fire alarms with strobe lights.
HCS is also committed to creating accessible policies and digital spaces. In collaboration with campus partners, HCS implemented a new Service Animal Policy to support student needs. Additionally, HCS has begun rolling out their new AODA compliant websites.
The following operational items impact all three buildings:
- Painting of the lobby door frames, film on glass or applying a pattern/image to the glazed surface, to provide visual indicators of clear glazing at Les Prince
- Changing of door hardware for common areas in all the 3 buildings to lever handles
- Applying a Pattern, image to the glazed surface, to prevent people from crashing into the glazed facade
- Re-organizing furniture / clutter in common areas in all 3 buildings
- AED Machine height adjustment to make it accessible at Mary Keyes
- Remove visual barriers at barrier-free counter at Mary Keyes and reposition vending machines to provide sufficient access and clear travel space