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BTA launches accessibility training

Accessible design at the Horseshoe Bay Beach parking area, Southampton (Photograph supplied)

A series of free workshops designed to improve accessibility across the island has been launched by the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

The online workshops, organised with OBMI Bermuda Accessible Solutions, were designed to help participants learn more about how to make hotels, guesthouses, other businesses and private homes accessible to as many people as possible.

Charles Jeffers II, the CEO of the BTA, said: “As a destination, our success is built on the contributions of our community.

“It is no wonder then that our accessibility initiative has been developed with significant input from Bermuda’s disabled community and corporate support from accessibility design experts such as OBMI.”

Davida O’Brien, the tourism standards and training specialist at the BTA, added the organisation had already launched accessibility awareness training and workshops, which got a good response.

She said: “Over the next few months, alongside our partners at OBMI, we will invite residents, homeowners and business operators to join us for expert guidance on ways to expand accessibility through landscape, interior design, and architecture.

“The classes are free, and they will provide solutions to cater to a range of budgets and structures.”

The next two seminars – to be held tomorrow (WEDS) at noon and 3pm, will focus on landscaping, including path surfaces and ramps, seating, handrails, exterior lighting, ease of access, signage, accessible pool design and the use of plants for sensory experiences.

Bobbi Singh of OBMI Bermuda said: “Landscape architecture is the art of design which integrates landform, water, and indigenous flora and fauna – it is a key component in accessible design.

“Equally, it can profoundly impact everyday lives in a physical, spiritual and mental capacity.

“We are delighted to be able to share our expertise to infuse accessibility considerations in every aspect of Bermuda’s building culture going forward.”

Anyone interested in the seminars or accessibility awareness training can sign up or learn more at the BTA website at www.gotobermuda.com.

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Published May 19, 2021 at 7:52 am (Updated May 19, 2021 at 7:17 am)

BTA launches accessibility training

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