Redeveloping Pearson Centre – 12 recommendations for inclusion and accessibility

The George Pearson Centre land – 19 acres in Vancouver’s Marpole neighborhood – will be redeveloped soon.

The George Pearson Centre is a long-term care facility in Vancouver for approximately 120 people with physical disabilities with complex needs. To ensure that Pearson residents have a voice in the redevelopment process, the Pearson Residents Redevelopment Group (PRRG) formed in 2012. Some residents have lived at the George Pearson Centre all of their adult life, others are relatively new residents, but all of them call Pearson home.

A public report is now available. This report builds on a participatory action research project residents undertook in 2008. PRRG has 12 recommendations and features illustrations that were directed by PRRG members. Download the report from the Pearson Residents website: http://www.pearsonresidents.org/redevelopment-group/prrg-reports-and-publication. Here is a sample of PRRG’s work.

1) Universal design should be applied to all building and landscape design on the redeveloped site; People with disabilities must be included at every stage of the redevelopment from design to construction, to ensure that the site is universally accessible.

George Pearson Center- Pearson Residents Redevelopment Group Envisioning different buildings, including a circular driveway, for a new home

3) Residential facilities should be located at the extreme south west corner of the site.

George Pearson Center- Pearson Residents Redevelopment Group Envisioning different buildings, including universal design and a southwest location, or a new home

8) All residential housing should maximize the use of environmental controls and assistive technology in order to enable residents to independently manage their environment.

George Pearson Center- Pearson Residents Redevelopment Group Envisioning private rooms, for a new home

10) People with disabilities should be able to access the whole site through a network of accessible pathways.

George Pearson Center- Pearson Residents Redevelopment Group Envisioning different buildings, including accessible pathways, for a new home

Download the report from the Pearson Residents website: http://www.pearsonresidents.org/redevelopment-group/prrg-reports-and-publications

One comment

  1. I’m on the Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee for my city. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned just from the other people on the committee about the diversity of challenges and barriers they face on a daily basis. Having the stakeholders (the residents) become a part of the redevelopment process is vital in assuring a functional outcome for all!

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