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Accessibility Lead (One Per Venue)

Position Title: Accessibility Lead
Reports To: Accessibility Committee Chair
Term: Spring 2020 to Summer 2021

Position Title: Accessibility Lead (one per venue)

Reports To: Accessibility Committee Chair

Term: Spring 2020 to September 2021

The Accessibility Lead is responsible for the planning of accessibility needs and temporary infrastructure for events and competitions on their respective Canada Summer Games venue. For example, the Accessibility Lead for Southward Community Park (where Niagara 2021 is hosting softball competition) is responsible for determining inclusive needs for the Games and planning the retrofitting to ensure the venues are barrier-free and inclusive for everyone. During Games-time the Accessibility Lead leads the team that ensures these parameters are met and maintained.



Accessibility Chair and Committee

Venue Team (for their respective venue)

Niagara 2021 Staff - Coordinator, Planning & Sustainability



The Accessibility Lead is a part of two groups: the Accessibility Committee, made up of Accessibility representatives from each venue, and a Venue Team. Every Venue Team is made up of volunteers that represent aspects of the Canada Summer Games (e.g. Sport, Transportation, Technology, Volunteer Services, Medical, Accessibility, Merchandise/Ticketing etc.). Led by the Venue Team Lead, the Venue Team is responsible for the overall planning, coordination and operations of their venue during any test events and during the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games.

The Accessibility Lead works closely with all venue team members to coordinate the accessibility requirements and needs of their respective venue for Games-Time, as well as identifying any temporary  work and installations required to deliver operational requirements to create a barrier-free environment.  The Committee is responsible for identifying accessibility requirements based around inclusive design for planning areas, advising on these tenants and being present to act as a resource throughout the planning and execution phase. 

The Committee will also work with volunteers and staff to ensure adequate training and education is delivered around accessibility, persons with disabilities, and cultural sensitivity. They will assist in ensuring that disability awareness, cultural sensitivity, appropriate language, and accommodations are in place and understood for all 2021 Niagara events, before and during the Games.



Phase I – Initial Planning (20 months)

Participate monthly in two meetings: Accessibility Committee Meeting and Venue Team Meeting

Initial review of site plans for the venue, including but not limited to temporary retrofits to ensure venues are accessible and inclusive

Initial development of space and operational needs

Ongoing communication with Accessibility Chair, Accessibility Committee, and Coordinator, Planning & Sustainability


Phase II - Integrated Planning (1 year out)

Participate monthly in two meetings: Accessibility Committee Meeting and Venue Team Meeting

Ongoing development of site plans for the venue - accessibility requirements

Coordination of space and operational needs with functional area leads

Create volunteer schedules for Games-Time


Phase III – Implementation and Games Operations (4 months out to end of Games)

Participate monthly in two meetings - Accessibility Committee Meeting and Venue Team Meeting

Final planning refinements - accessibility requirements and venue maps

Review of Games-Time roles and responsibilities

Volunteer training

Input and support for the final report



Strong leadership skills: mentorship, public speaking, motivating and facilitating collaboration

Visionary with devotion to teamwork and strong relationship management abilities

Excellent planning and organizational skills.

Exceptional approach to problem-solving, getting to collaborative solutions and working through conflicting idea

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; ability to communicate in French is an asset

Ability to lead volunteers effectively

Ability to work effectively with other team members and able to communicate clearly and concisely.

Works well under pressure and is proactive

Ability to make thoughtful, efficient, and effective decisions under potentially stressful situations/conditions

Strong knowledge of Para and Special Olympic sporting bodies, and the specific needs of athletes at a Games



A strong understanding of accessibility principles and requirements, inclusive design and overarching needs of persons with a disability 

Leadership experience with volunteers or staff 

Training or working experience in accessibility (barrier-free) auditing is considered an asset



Ability to attend at least two meetings per month, with increasing frequency as we approach Games-time

Availability during test events at respective venue if applicable and appropriate

Participation in Games-wide Forward Planning sessions (total of five days over 18 months)

During the Games, venues can operate long hours- sometimes up to 14 to 16 hours a day for the entire duration of the sport competition schedule. Availability during Games is required, including 1-2 days prior to sport competition starting for venue set-up

Input into a post-event Final Report due within one month of Games completion

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Brief Overview of the Skills and Experience that I Can Bring to Niagara 2021 (max 200 words)
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