top of page


All buildings have to be inclusive of people's cultural and physical needs. There are many strategies that will make buildings and their sites more safe and accessible to all. It is important that owners and their design consultants review the options available and build spaces that will guarantee a better quality of life for all and help to resist obsolescence. Allen & Lea is committed to this process, we look forward to working to create a better place with, and for, you.


Allen Ensslen Barrett Architects (historical data)   Ellen Vera Allen, Harald Ensslen & Charles Barrett

The Canadian Organizing Committee for 1981, The International Year of Disabled Persons

Architectural Accessibility, Directions for Action

Barrier-Free Design Centre, Toronto

C M H C, A Modification Checklist, 1987

C M H C, Housing for Elderly People, 1987

Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Access Needs of Blind and Visually Impaired Travellers in Transportation Terminals, A Study and Design Guidelines, Cheryl Richesin et al, 1987

Canadian Standards Association, Barrier-Free Design, A National Standard of Canada

CAN/ CSA-B651-M9O, 1990

Challenge Iournal (TV program) with Ed Wadley; Regan Productions, Toronto

City of Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines

Hart House Accessibility Plan, 2004-7

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)

Tom Samuels "The Return of the Livable Street: Traffic Calming in Toronto" Trans-Mission, 1995

Public Works Canada, Barrier-Free Design: Access to and use of buildings by physically disabled people, 1985


with the assistance of Nathalie Blansche, Regan Productions; Lesley Crader, Canadian National Institute for the Blind; Tony Filli, Canadian Hearing Society; David Maclsaac, Transportation Options; Giovanni Tassone, Quadrangle Architects and Ken Tomilson, City of Toronto



> Much of this guide was originally researched and assembled by Chris Lea with Harald Ensslen in 1995


think too about Sustainability

bottom of page