Rick Hansen awards Mosaic Stadium gold rating on accessibility

Rick Hansen, founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, awarded Mosaic Stadium with the highest accessibility rating of Accessibility Certified Gold. Lynn Giesbrecht / Regina Leader-Post Some football fans say there were a few fumbles in Mosaic Stadium planning Explore the features of the new Mosaic Stadium Receiving this approval from Hansen is significant, said Fougere.“When he casts his view on our stadium and says that we’ve got a gold standard, we are very, very proud of that,” said Fougere. “This is a shining moment for us.”But while the stadium’s score was high, it wasn’t perfect, and Hansen said the RHF will be passing along a list of recommendations to the City of Regina on what can still be improved.“We can always do things better and we’re going to talk about that,” said Fougere. “I’ve told Mr. Hansen that we’ll have that conversation with our administration (and) with him about how we up that score to make sure it gets even higher.”The importance of creating accessible facilities is only increasing, said Hansen. He noted that as the baby boomer generation ages, the number of people living with a disability is also rising.“We have to be able to not just deal with this because it’s the right thing to do as a charitable concern, we also have to do it because it’s a fundamental human rights opportunity and mandate of our country,” he said.“We have to normalize the idea of accessibility and keep upping our standards as we go forward.”The RHF looks at a number of factors when rating a site, said Hansen, including transportation to the site, parking, ways to get into the facility, washrooms, seating and wayfinding systems. Once the RHF has come up with its score, it submits the information to the Canadian Standards Association, which looks over the data and gives its approval for the accessibility [email protected] Related From its initial planning through to final construction, Mayor Michael Fougere said Mosaic Stadium was always intended to be an inclusive space for people with disabilities — a dedication that was rewarded when the stadium became the first in Canada to be rated Accessibility Certified Gold.On Saturday afternoon, Rick Hansen, longtime accessibility advocate and founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), presented Mosaic Stadium and the City of Regina with the award.“We want to make sure that we are recognizing advancements and accomplishment in the area of building accessible and inclusive facilities, spaces and places where people with disabilities live, work, play and learn,” said Hansen.The Rick Hansen Foundation rates sites out of 100 on how accessible they are. Any site with a rating of 60 or more receives the designation of RHF Accessibility Certified, and any site that hits a score of 80 or more becomes RHF Accessibility Certified Gold.With a score of 82, Mosaic Stadium is the first stadium in Canada to reach this gold standard.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Hansen said he was particularly impressed with the facility’s integrated supports for people with not just mobility challenges, but also hearing and visual challenges — something he said a lot of places lack because they only focusing on mobility.“This is a more inclusive and universal design standard that serves the most benefit for the most people,” he said.