SHSM Construction

Accessibility Awareness Certification

Building Without Barriers


For specialist high skills major construction students across Ontario. Preparing for the future of accessible design and construction.

Taught by Julie Sawchuk

B.Sc., B.Ed., RHFAC

Certified Accessibility Strategist, Industry Expert & Educator

This course is for:

All Specialist High Skills Major students or classes in Construction, Custom Woodworking, Manufacturing,

Technological Design 


Why participate? Building Without Barriers is a sector-recognized accessibility awareness certification. Completing this program qualifies as one of the two electives for SHSM Construction & Manufacturing.

Students will dive into learning about why accessibility matters throughout all sectors; giving them a head-start for entering the workforce in the future.


Who is

Julie Sawchuk?


Julie is a teacher, best selling author and professional speaker. As an accessibility strategist she works with big businesses, small organizations and individual homeowners to improve access.

Julie tells stories about the challenge of living in a world not built with accessibility in mind. She will help students see how the smallest changes make the biggest difference



Instructional Format:

  • Six Modules (5 lessons each) on Building Without Barriers
  • reading, videos, photos, worksheets, case studies
  • Quiz at the end of each Module
  • Final assignment submitted to Julie for assessment (to teacher for group learning)
  • Live session to include a tour of Julie’s accessible home and Q&A
  • Assessments with quizzes and final assignment to receive certification

How does BWB work?

  • Building Without Barriers opens March 1st, 2021 
  • Register as a class or individual student
  • The program is fully online and designed to work with your schedule
  • Register with cridit card by clicking on the button below or to pay by invoice and cheque go to www.juliesawchuk.ca/shsm or contact Julie directly

Choose an option

(prices include HST)


$998

SHSM Awareness Certification - Class Rate 25 students

Certification for class (up to 25) students Accessibility Awareness Design & Construction

  • 6 hours of learning; teacher determines pace
  • One class (up to 25 students)
  • Virtual learning on Building Without Barriers
  • Julie (live) via Zoom (once - arranged with teacher)
  • Teacher guide and answer key included; how to make the most with group learning and BWB

When Julie joined our class...


“After we heard Julie’s presentation, we talked as a class about what it would be like at their farms if someone suddenly required the use of a wheelchair. I asked the students to go around their yard, barns and shops and take photos. What they brought back to the class and the discussion that followed was incredible; and that is where the problem solving began. I will incorporate accessibility awareness in my agriculture technology courses from now on.”

Jeff, F.E. Madill Secondary School, Construction Technology Teacher


"Julie Sawchuk did a presentation to my grades 11 & 12 Construction Technology class on the topic of accessibility in residential construction. She blended her own experiences with accessibility challenges with her excellent teaching skills to deliver an interesting and thought provoking presentation. She took us on a tour of her home, showing how it was designed for her disability and discussed some of the difficulties that can arise when building an accessible home. Students were engaged, and in a follow up discussion told me they had a better understanding of the limitations that someone with a disability can face and some possible solutions for accessible building design.

Covid-19 made and in-person visit impossible so we opted for a virtual presentation instead, which turned out to be an excellent choice. We could be with her in her home without any of the problems of having a large group of people in a small space.

I highly recommend Julie Sawchuk as a guest presenter to your students on the topic of accessibility.”

Marcel, Listowel District Secondary School, Head of Tech Studies


“Julie is very professional and knowledgeable. Her story is very relatable and students made connections with the information that she shared. She is passionate about accessibility and the importance of providing information to others. I very much enjoyed your presentation, as did my class!”

Emma, Teacher, Grand Erie District School Board

Format
  • Six hours of independent learning
  • "Live" with Julie in her home
  • Quizzes and case studies
  • Final assignment
  • Book and video resources
Topics
  • What really IS accessibility
  • Why access matters for everyone
  • Essentials for building without barriers
  • Residential Case Study
  • Re-designing for access


Connections
  • Construction Engineering (3E/3C; 4E/4C)
  • Design (3M/4M)
  • Standard, Design, Drawings, Terminology, Assembly, Society
  • Professional Practise and Career Opportunities


Choose an option

(prices include HST)


$998

SHSM Awareness Certification - Class Rate 25 students

Certification for class (up to 25) students Accessibility Awareness Design & Construction

  • 6 hours of learning; teacher determines pace
  • One class (up to 25 students)
  • Virtual learning on Building Without Barriers
  • Julie (live) via Zoom (once - arranged with teacher)
  • Teacher guide and answer key included; how to make the most with group learning and BWB