SAP Labs Vancouver Awarded Rick Hansen Foundation’s first ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ Rating for Business
(left) Marco Pasqua, Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant, Presidents Group, Kirsten Sutton, vice president of and managing director at SAP Labs Canada, (centre) Brad McCannell, vice president of access and inclusion with the Rick Hansen Foundation and (right) Rick Hansen, founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, celebrate a ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating at SAP Labs’ Yaletown office.
Presidents Group member SAP Labs Vancouver was awarded Rick Hansen Foundation’s first ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating under the new RHFAC Program on Friday, May 25, 2018, for the recent renovations completed in their Yaletown office.
Some of the accessibility features that helped them to achieve the ‘Gold’ standard include:
- The use of highly visible wayfinding signage and visual markers, to help people navigate and identify their location within the building
- Wide pathways to accommodate two people in wheelchairs traveling side-by-side
- Acoustic dampening ceiling features which allow for the creation of quiet spaces
- Furniture with varying heights and adjustable tables for people with varying abilities
- An accessible fitness area and showers
- A refuge area for emergency situations
- A wheelchair lift and elevators with braille
In a statement released via Twitter by the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), Founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen said:
“I want to congratulate SAP Labs Canada for this incredible achievement, and I hope it inspires others to incorporate best practices and a holistic view of Universal Design within their buildings. The accessibility movement is building momentum. With an aging population, a growing number of people with disabilities and federal accessibility legislation on the way, businesses need to accommodate people of varying abilities. Improving accessibility and supporting people with disabilities is not only a charitable and a human rights issue, but an economic imperative.”
Kirsten Sutton, Vice President and Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada, said:
“At SAP, we strive to create a work environment where employees can perform at their best and where guests feel they are welcome. The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification rating was a good reminder that accessibility includes a great deal more than meets the eye. While we have much to celebrate, we’re especially grateful for the insight into opportunities to improve. At SAP Vancouver, we are thrilled to be the first certified gold business and encourage other organizations to participate in the certification process so we can help to build a city, province and country that is accessible for all.”
This excerpt from CBC Radio’s May 25, 2018 episode of “On The Coast” goes into further details about this achievement:
The Globe and Mail also interviewed Kirsten to discuss the accessibility certification process and what it was like for SAP Vancouver.
For more on the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program, please visit: