By: Barrier Free Design  09-12-2011
Keywords: disabilities, Building Code, barrier

Commercial & Public Buildings

A Barrier To People With Disabilities Is A Barrier To Making A Profit. Let us show you how an accessible facility costs less to run over the long term.

  • Access Assessments / Retrofit Planning
  • Construction drawing review
  • New Construction Accessible Design Criteria Manuals
  • Operations planning for aging customer base and workforce
  • Recommendations for the Retail and Service industry to improve customer service for people with disabilities.
  • Evacuation planning for people with disabilities, older adults and seniors




The SAFERhome
It Looks Better, It Works Better and It Increases The Value Of The Home

Canadian Barrier Free Design Inc. is the only firm with trained on-staff consultants certified to deliver the SAFERhome program. SAFERhome Certification is a 19 point design overlay that when applied to any building plan, provides a safer, barrier free environment without any changes to existing building codes or bylaws. The SAFERhome approach anticipates the needs of injured and aging people by readying the structure to easily accept modifications whether they are required immediately or in the future. SAFER standards remove tripping hazards and minimizes the risks inherent in conventional home construction; currently the source of a staggering 90% of all personal accidents.

The SAFERhome program delivers a better living environment through the application of universal design principals combined with common sense building approaches.


The biggest obstacle for people with disabilities is the attitude of others. Disability Awareness Training is the key to effective and comfortable interaction with people with disabilities. It’s training that can make employment equity programs more successful and improve customer service. It is the difference between a staff that is confident with disability issues and one that has difficulties with the changing demographics and demands of our communities.


  • The vulnerability of vision loss.
  • The frustration of mental illness.
  • The physical effort required to spend even a short time in a wheelchair.

Only these actual experiences can define disability. Without these experiences, there can be no real understanding of the need to address access issues.

Simple seminars are not enough.
Building code requirements are not enough.
Knowing someone with a disability is not enough.
Meaningful access requires real understanding. Only by actually experiencing some of the disability world can people begin to see the barriers that challenge people with disabilities everyday.

Canadian Barrier Free Design Inc. has over 12 years of experience in designing and delivering disability awareness training to the public and private sector. We offer training that is developed and delivered by people with disabilities and supported by a seasoned, industry leading company specializing in the access issues of people with disabilities.


  • Applying sustainable design concepts in a meaningful way requires an understanding the real needs of the end user. No facility is ‘sustainable’ unless it can accommodate an aging population. Our application of universal design principals combined with the technological advantage of the SAFERhome program results in numerous opportunities to advance home automation and the economic / ecological benefits it brings.

  • Our in-house sustainability experts can put a human face to sustainability initiatives and prepare detailed recommendations to maximize recycling and conservation in the real world.

Public Speaking

Brad McCannell has been the featured speaker at several international conferences discussing access issues including the Airports Council International Conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (2001), the University of Puget Sound (2004), UPS Conference on Diversity (2005), the Assistance Dogs International Annual Convention (Key Note, 2005), University of Victoria (Key Note, 2006) and as a featured subject on the CBC national program ‘Witness’.

Keywords: barrier, Building Code, disabilities, disability awareness training