Call for Expressions of Interest

For Accessibility Assessments and Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ Ratings

 

OBJECTIVE

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from accessibility consultants with expertise in the built environment who would like to be included in the RHF database. RHF would advise these database contacts of any relevant Requests for Proposals (RFP) it receives from organizations across Canada with respect to: (1) conducting RHF Accessibility Certification ratings of existing sites and/or (2) requiring detailed accessibility assessments in the design phase with a view to achieve certification over the next year.

BACKGROUND

Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) is a LEED-style rating program developed by RHF to help measure the accessibility of buildings and sites, and promote increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles.

It’s the first program of its kind to:

  • Measure a site’s level of meaningful access based on CSA’s B651 standards that considers the holistic user experience of people with mobility, vision, hearing, cognitive, and/or intellectual disabilities,
  • Train individuals to conduct ratings and become designated RHFAC Professionals through  formal instructional training and a standardized professional exam developed by RHF and facilitated by CSA Group, and
  • Recognize an organization’s commitment to accessibility through an optional public listing and labelling of certified sites as ‘RHF Accessibility Certified’ or ‘RHF Accessibility Certified Gold'. 
  • RHF receives frequent requests from organizations across Canada who are seeking accessibility consultants to (1) conduct RHFAC ratings to apply for certification or (2) provide a detailed assessment and/or recommendations in the design phase with a view to achieve certification under the RHFAC Program once the building is constructed. 

For more information on the RHFAC Program, please visit www.rickhansen.com/RHFAC.

SERVICES BEING SOUGHT 

Accessibility Consultants are expected to:

  • Provide detailed accessibility reviews and recommendations of architectural drawings and construction plans,
  • Provide detailed accessibility reviews and recommendations of constructed sites, and
  • Conduct ratings and certify buildings under RHFAC.

QUALIFICATIONS

Accessibility Consultants will have:

  • At least 5 years’ experience as a professional consultant providing services in accessibility and the built environment, and/or
  • An RHFAC Professional designation.*
  • *Note: Only individuals with an RHFAC Professional designation may conduct RHFAC ratings. Find out more about Professional Training.

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION OF RESPONSES

RHF will evaluate all EOI submissions based on the applicant’s ability to:

  • Offer services as described in this EOI,
  • Meet the qualifications as described in this EOI, and
  • Demonstrate expertise and a superior level of customer service as evidenced by references, a project list, and awards. 

HOW TO APPLY?

Interested organizations should: 

  1. Download the EOI Application Form (PDF)
  2. Send the completed EOI Application Form to access@rickhansen.com (noting “EOI Application” in the Subject line) by Friday September 14, 2018. 

TIME OF RESPONSE

RHF will notify candidates on the outcomes of the EOI by October 31, 2018.

QUESTIONS

All questions should be addressed to Navjot Dhindsa at access@rickhansen.com.

 

DISCLAIMER

RHF is not be responsible for any costs incurred by parties in preparing this EOI. No party shall have any claim for any compensation of any kind as a result of participating in the EOI, and by submission each party shall be deemed to have agreed it has no claim. This EOI is solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute an RFP, a commitment to issue an RFP in the future, or commit RHF. This EOI will not result in a listing on the RHFAC Registry.  This EOI does not constitute a commitment to list on the RHFAC Registry, or provide user access to the RHFAC Registry. This EOI does not constitute oblige any applicants to promote RHFAC.

Information submitted in response to this EOI will be managed in accordance with RHF’s Privacy Policy.

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