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New changing station at KPU improves accessibility

New changing station at KPU improves accessibility

Mon, Oct 31, 2022
Accessible changing station at KPU

A new gender-neutral accessible changing station is now open at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Surrey campus.

It's among the accessibility improvements KPU continues to make at its five campuses.

“It’s really significant because it’s definitely sending the message that KPU cares about accessibility, and making sure that our physical spaces are accessible and welcoming to everyone,” says Dr. Fiona Whittington-Walsh, lead advisor on disability, accessibility, and inclusion at KPU.

The changing station, located on the first floor of the Fir building, is equipped with an overhead electric lift that can safely transfer wheelchair users to either the toilet or adult-sized adjustable change table. 

The new facility is part of the many accessibility improvements KPU has made to its campuses in recent years. Elevators and washrooms have been modernized, hands-free doors have been installed – with more on the way – additional curb cuts have been added to parking lots and lighting has been upgraded.

Accessible workstations and desks have also been added to most classrooms at all campuses, and a wheelchair ramp redesign is nearly complete in Richmond. Future plans include additional accessible height water fountains and a web-based map highlighting accessibility features of the campuses.

Whittington-Walsh says accessibility improvements, from automatic sliding doors to spacious washrooms, benefit all users.

“Universal design creates spaces that are fully accessible for everyone. This fosters a strong sense of belonging and inclusion.”