Stan is lead design consultant with Universal Access Design, a company whose goal is access for everyone, everywhere, all the time. Stan has spent the last several years focussed on accessibility in the built environment: performing assessments of existing sites, preparing recommendation reports and presenting reports to interested parties. With respect to new construction, he reviews blueprints, crafts accessibility design criteria manuals and collaborates with city staff, architects and developers at stakeholder meetings. In addition, Stan has been involved in educating customer service representatives, designers and engineers by means of simulation training and language and etiquette presentations.
Stan is passionate about accessibility and universal design. He believes that collaboration is essential to achieving the goals of inclusion, universal access and community engagement. Stan desires to provide leadership in building an inclusive environment where everyone has access and input for full engagement in all aspects of the design and building of living spaces, play spaces and work spaces.
His passion for accessible design comes from his lived experience. Stan experienced a diving accident as a young man in 1977 which severed his spinal cord. Although doctors only gave him five years to live, he worked hard to regain his strength and has lived for four decades as a high level quadriplegic. Stan has worked in several capacities in the building and construction products industry. More recently he was employed by the Rick Hansen Foundation where he brought together his practical knowledge of the building industry with his lived experience of working around barriers to access for those who use a wheelchair.
Stan’s desire to improve the accessibility of our communities fueled his desire to found Universal Access Design Inc. He gets great personal satisfaction from contributing his knowledge to assist engineers and architects with the application of universal design principles in their work. He also helps other people to understand something of the challenges of using a wheelchair by conducting sensitivity and simulation training exercises, also in collaboration with a partner who is blind who adds visual impairment components to these exercises.