Ask an Expert – April 2020 – Making a Community Centre More Accessible

Donna Jodhan, a woman with short dark hair and glasses, sits at a table with a laptop in front of her.

Hello everyone!

Each month I will be responding to a question chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked.

This month, I’d like to answer the following question:

Making a Community Centre More Accessible

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these thoughts.

You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

We have some very basic and potent tips for you and hopefully they can help you to increase visitors to your community centre.

  • Ensure that your centre is accessible in that it is well located on central bus routes, is not too far from the street and that it is easily identified through signs that are easy to spot.
  • That if there are parking lots, that they are easily accessible and that blind and vision impaired persons can easily navigate through them.
  • That there are ramps located in appropriate places, that sidewalks are clear, and that it is easy to find the entrance.
  • That hallways are easy to find, doors and stairs are easy to identify, and that elevators are easy to locate.
  • That tables and chairs are arranged in a manner that enables those with canes, walkers, and wheelchairs to have easy access to them and that there is enough room for them to maneuver their mobile advise.

This should be a good start.

To contact me please send an email to!
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)

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