Accessibility & COVID Information
The following are standard accessibility and covid protocols for all public events in the space. If there are exceptions or additions, it will be noted in the event information posting under "happenings". If there are additional things we can put into place to make the space more accessible or affirming for you, please contact the event organizer, Danielle or Lindsay.
We live joyously disabled and chronically ill. We want to continue to do so. We recognize we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and a mass-disabling event, and we commit to be as responsive to this as possible in an ongoing way. We are as explicit as possible about our covid precautions for every happening in the CreateSpace.
- Masking: Unless otherwise noted, everyone over 2 years old who is participating in a group activity in the space must properly wear a well-fitted, high quality mask for the entirety of the event. It cannot be removed in the space for any reason (including eating or drinking).
- Testing: Those who cannot wear a mask, or who have asked permission to do so for other reasons, may attend with proof of a negative COVID rapid test within 2 hours of the start of the event (time-stamped photo evidence may be requested).
- Attending Virtually: Unless otherwise noted, all of our events have a built in virtual attendance option. If you are feeling sick, or have known or probable exposure to COVID or other highly infectious disease, you must attend virtually only.
- Air Filtration: We have hospital-grade HEPA air filtration in the space (1 IQ air and 1 additional HEPA filters for room's extremities). These must be running whenever there is a group gathering.
- Maximum attendance: We have capped all events at an attendance level that will enable some physical distancing, and that will support air filtration capacities. Hybrid attendance will support broader reach of the event.
- Food: Given the masking requirement for public group events, no food or drink should be brought or offered at events, unless previously consented to by all parties. We have water and tea available in the space. For public, masked events water can be taken outside the space for drinking if needed. This also drastically reduces the chance of allergens impacted participants.
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- There are two wheelchair accessible routes to the Space. There are two elevators that provide access to the space. If the main accessible elevator route is on the "find us" page. If this elevator is not working, we will send people a warning and an alternate route.
- The doors to the CreateSpace is 36" wide. It does not have push buttons and is heavy. We will ensure that the door is either propped open, or that there is a volunteer at the door for all public events.
- The space is covered by a very low-pile carpet. There is also a wooden dance floor covering one third of the space. This is low profile and has ramping on all sides.
- We have roll-under desks that are height adjustable.
- Seating Available
- A comfortable couch and Lounging chair (both faux leather)
- Two sets of conference-style chairs with soft seats and without armrests that are designed to support larger bodies (2 Black chairs have 1000lb weight limit each and are 24" wide; 4 Blue chairs are 21" wide and have 800lb weight limit)
- A series of stackable, hard seated and backed chairs with armrests for which we do not know weight limits (Blue and metal hard back and seat)
- A series of black and blue office chairs on wheels that are highly adjustable. (Weight limits unknown).
- Two matts that can be folded into seats or unfolded to lie down on the floor
- One "poof" to sit on
- One massage table (weight limit unknown)
- We have one set of wedges for supportive seating.
- Sensory Stuff
- We have sensory toys and tools stationed throughout the space, including a weighted lap pad and heating pad.
- We have a "sensory room" in the lab: an office-sized mostly empty space with a place to lie down or sit. Optional "norther lights" lighting and sensory toys.
- Lighting: We have florescent lights in a part of the space that we do not have the capacity to turn off, and lots of natural light from large widows. There are also floor and table lamps available. We have a short throw projector and screen, and black curtains that can be drawn to block out most light and sound in one section of the space.
- Wheelchair accessible washrooms are directly to the west of the space. These are currently assigned to binary genders (see below)
- The closest washrooms are currently assigned to binary genders. We are working with the Dean to have these re-designated all-gender washrooms, and currently used by lab-members as such.
- All-Gender Washrooms: A map of all-gender washrooms on campus can be found at this link. There are currently no all-gender washrooms in UHAll, but over a dozen in the Van Vliet Centre. The nearest all-gender washroom is Room 1-667, 1st Floor, Van Vliet Complex. It is Wheelchair Accessible. (Directions tba)
Hybrid or Online Space
- Unless articulated otherwise, all events will be held in virtual or hybrid format to allow participation from home.
- English automated captioning will be enabled for all calls
Additional Access on Demand
- If Sign Language interpretation, in-space captioning, or any other access practice or technology will support your full and meaningful participation, please contact the event organizers, or Danielle or Lindsay as early as possible. We will do everything in our power to get these put into place.
Accountability and Behavioural Expectations
In this space you are expected to:
- COMING SOON
- COMING SOON