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The AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces

Welcome to the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces. The goal of this course is to provide design professionals with the knowledge and understanding they need to effectively apply the AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces to their project work.

About This Course

This online course was originally created to provide instruction to professionals working in the built environment in Ontario, Canada on the requirements and application of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The concepts and technical details of this standard can be applied to public spaces universally.

Each module should take approximately 1-1.5 hours to compete. The modules are divided into smaller topic areas, with anticipated completion times ranging from 5-15 minutes. Each topic area incorporates challenge questions to allow participants to review their learning.

Free for IAAP Members. See FAQ below for more details.


There is no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Staff

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Course Designer

The Design of Public Spaces course was developed in 2015 by DesignABLE Environments, a unique organization of consultants who assist clients in the creation of accessible environments through the application of regulations and universal design principles. The organizations goal is to develop functional, safe, and dignified environments which appropriately accommodate all members of society, including people with disabilities and older people. Operating since 1987, DesignABLE Environments has been involved as accessibility consultants on many architectural projects, ranging in size from modest residential renovations to major institutional and commercial projects.

DesignABLE completed a code review on behalf of IAAP and provided updates to the course content in August 2020 to reflect updates to the AODA Standard.

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IAAP Program Assistant

Sam Sundermann joined IAAP in June of 2020 in the role of Program Assistant and is responsible for the Educational Training Database/Speakers Bureau, the Learning Management System, and coordinating social media content. She has helped in many departments of IAAP working on new initiatives and assisting with certification. Sam has a love for travel and has worked in many industries around the world. She enjoys learning new skills and is looking forward to ongoing professional development in her role with the IAAP team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of the course?

This course is $125 USD. If you qualify for the Emerging and Developing Economies discount or are an IAAP Member please contact for your discount code. If you enroll in the course prior to receiving your discount code, no refund will be given. This course fee does not cover the cost to sit for any IAAP Certification Exam.

Do IAAP Members need to pay for the course?

No, the course is free for IAAP Members. Please contact for your discount code. If you enroll in the course prior to receiving your discount code, no refund will be given.

How long will the course take to complete?

The course will take about 6 hours to complete start to finish. Once enrolled, you will have 1 year to complete the course and recieve your Certification of Completion.

Is this course eligible for IAAP Continuing Accessibility Education Credits (CAECs)?

Yes, if you currently hold an IAAP Certification this course could be used to earn up to 6 CAECs. If you complete this course prior to sitting for your exam, CAECs will not be awarded.

Will I receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course?

Please contact upon successful completion of the course and we will issue a PDF certificate with 4 weeks of your request.

I am having an issue accessing or navigating the course, who can I contact?

Please send a detailed e-mail to outlining the issue you have found in the course. Our team will work as quickly as possible to have it resolved.

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari. See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.