OTTAWA, July 31, 2019—The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is thrilled to have received an Accessibility Certified rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program.
One of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, the Museum celebrates Canada’s aviation and space history, from the early days of flight to the future of space exploration. The Museum integrates accessibility into many aspects of its design. The RHFAC has acknowledged features of the building such as accessibly designed interior circulation and exhibition spaces, signage, and accessible parking.
The RHFAC program works to help improve accessibility of the built environment – the places where we live, work, learn and play – in Canada.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is the second Ingenium site to receive certification; the Canada Science and Technology Museum received Gold Standard certification upon its re-opening in November 2017. The Canada Science and Technology Museum was the first public institution in Canada to reach the gold standard under new accessibility standards which the Rick Hansen Foundation created. These certifications reflect Ingenium’s long-term commitment to enhancing accessibility – both physically and digitally - to reflect both a changing Canada and a changing world.
"We’re thrilled that the Canada Aviation and Space Museum has received this accessibility certification through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ program. We believe that every Canadian has the right to access the incredible stories of discovery and innovation that we champion across all our sites. Ingenium is committed to ongoing work to implement a culture of accessibility and inclusion to better serve all museum visitors.”
-Christina Tessier, President and CEO, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
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Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
Ingenium celebrates the innovative spirit of Canadians by telling the stories of those who dared to think differently. Inspired by the power of ingenuity, Ingenium encompasses three national institutions: the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. These three museums are places where the past meets the future, with spaces where visitors can learn and explore, play and discover. Ingenium continues to evolve — a new Collections Conservation Centre is currently under construction, designed to protect priceless Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of many generations to come. Beyond the physical walls of its museums, Ingenium’s engaging digital content, outreach programs and travelling exhibitions serve to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.
About the Rick Hansen Foundation
The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) was established in 1988, following the completion of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour. For nearly 30 years, RHF has worked to raise awareness, change attitudes, and remove barriers for people with disabilities. Visit www.rickhansen.com to learn more.