CPTN Accessibility and Universal Design Training October 2016

September 2 2016, 10:48am

Accessibility and Universal Design Training 3 full days:

Wednesday 5th,Thursday 6th and Wednesday 26th of October, 10am - 4pm each day in DFI Office, Dublin 8.

The Community Participation Training Network (CPTN) has been established on the ethos of providing a new and accessible way for people to participate in the life of their community and decision making structures. In follow up to our commitment to this goal, we are now supporting the delivery of training on Accessibility and Universal Design to people with disabilities, their representative / support organisation staff and those with a focus on supporting accessibility in local communities.

Registration: Click here to register online only.

About the Programme:

Delivered by O’Herlihy Access Consultancy (OHAC) one of the leading specialists in access consultancy and training in Ireland, this programme introduces participants to the key principles of Universal Access, Universal Design, making services, information and the built environment accessible for all. This practical workshop is highly interactive, with videos, discussions, case studies, design appraisals, route appraisals, problem-solving of everyday scenarios, examples of everyday barriers faced by people with disabilities and more.


The overall aim of this training is to provide participants with an understanding the key criteria which must be addressed in order to make services fully accessible for all users regardless of their age, size or disability.

Key Outcomes:

At the end of this session, learners should:

  • Understand Disability Equality and Accessibility (Legislation, Access to Services, Disability Awareness).
  • Understand and appreciate the barriers faced by people accessing services and information.
  • Strengthen their knowledge of the Disability Act 2005, Part M of the Building Regulations, Disability Access Certificates and other relevant legislation that impacts on accessibility and Universal Design.
  • Increase their understanding of an accessible design process.
  • Understand the concepts of universal accessibility, universal design; access to the built and external Environment and accessible service delivery.
  • Be able to carry out a high level access route appraisal of a building.
  • Develop an understanding of the key criteria to make services accessible.

Course Outline:

The following is an overview of the key sessions within the training programme:

  • Disability Equality and Accessibility: legislation, Access to Services, Disability Awareness.
  • Accessible Service Delivery: Customer services; transport; information provision; Access policy and action planning.
  • Overview of the Public Participation Networks (PPN): Citizen engagement as part of Local Engagement; Social Inclusion; Self Advocacy etc.
  • Access to the External Environment: Roads and Street design, approaches to buildings etc.
  • Access to the Built Environment: Day to day management, Health and Safety and Universal Design.
  • Access auditing/Route Appraisals.