Lesson 1: What to expect

Module 1 Lesson 1: What to expect

Welcome to Building Without Barriers, the only highschool program for students interested in developing a better understanding of accessibility in the residential design and construction industry. Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have earned an awareness certification to apply to your SHSM. 

There are 6 modules in this course, each with lessons that have instructions, videos, web link or worksheets for you to keep track of your thoughts and make some notes.

Please have:

  • a notebook and pen handy
  • a set of headphones to listen to videos and audio podcasts
  • calculator
  • graph paper
  • ruler

As you go through each lesson, the “course curriculum” (on the side of the page) will keep track of your progress.

At the end of each module, there will be a multiple choice quiz of between 5-10 questions. You must receive a 70% to pass each quiz and you get three chances. The curriculum also requires that you complete each video before moving on.

Throughout each lesson you will be provided with photos and stories from Julie’s experience of living in a home that was not accessible, as well as the work, planning and learning that went into building a new, completely accessible home. 

After you have completed the last module, you will have an assignment to complete and submit. You will be given a set of sketches of a motel room and asked to identify the features that are not accessible and provide suggestions as to what should be done to make it into an accessible motel unit.