Home modification and universal design: Advanced level for occupational therapists - Vancouver, BC
23-Nov-2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3Y2

Home modification and universal design – Advanced level for occupational therapists 

Vancouver, BC.

Friday, November 23, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

This one-day advanced workshop is intended for experienced occupational therapists who wish to further their knowledge and skills related to home modifications and universal design. Practical information, photos and resources will be utilized so participants can immediately apply the knowledge and skills into their practice, as well as to identify future learning and/or business development needs in order to be recognized as a go-to professional for accessible housing

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance electronically following the workshop.

Workshop topics:

  • Elements of universal design
  • Applying elements of universal design to existing and new homes
  • Assessing a client’s accessibility needs in the assignment context
  • Documenting existing site conditions
  • Developing a scope of work for quotes
  • Preparing a report for legal and insurance purposes
  • Tips for supplementary reports and giving evidence in court

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Apply elements of universal design to existing and new homes.
  2. Assess a client’s accessibility needs in the assignment context.
  3. Document existing site conditions and develop a scope of work for quotes.
  4. Prepare a report for legal and insurance purposes.
  5. Utilize tips for supplementary reports and giving evidence in court.
  6. Apply building code requirements and other legislation to accessibility modifications.
  7. Work collaboratively with other design and construction professionals.

Target audience:

Occupational therapists who wish to enhance their ability to provide assess and document accessible housing for clients with disabilities for existing and new homes. Participants should already have experience providing accessible housing services prior to attending this workshop. Persons involved in accessibility construction, the funding of home modifications (e.g., auto insurance, CAF/VAC, Worker’s Compensation, March of Dimes), and personal injury claims are also welcomed to attend this workshop.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Areas of practice

Cognitive, neurological/neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, medical/legal, educators

Client age groups

Young children (0-4 years old), children (5-12 years old), adolescents (13-19 years old), adults (20-64 years old), seniors (65+ years old)

Workshop level:

Advanced (5+ years of experience in this specific practice area)


Kathy Pringle

Kathy Pringle (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy; Diploma in Architectural Technology) is a well known occupational therapist who has had a private practice since 1995, focusing on home modifications for people with disabilities. Her clients include lawyers, insurance companies, private individuals, and school boards. She has designed and managed construction for 14 universal design homes, along with her own home. She has provided analysis of future housing needs and costs for personal injury claims for approximately 25 years, and she has given testimony in the courts of Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Kathy has taught the topic of environmental accessibility to students in the occupational therapy program at Queen’s University for 12 years, and she has presented workshops on this topic across Canada -for McMaster University, WSIB, WorkSafe NB, WorkSafe BC, CAOT, OSOT, and medical equipment vendors.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by September 19, 2018

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between September 20, 2018 and November 7, 2018

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*




Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2017-2018 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: November 7, 2018

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $40 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are on your own.

Workshop location:

Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, BC. V5Z 3Y2

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent to education@caot.ca. Cancellation requests received prior to November 7, 2018 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop because of insufficient registration, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT on or before September 19, 2018. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?

If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.

We invite you to consult the Workshop FAQ for an immediate response to the most frequent questions we receive regarding Workshops. Please do not hesitate to contact us at education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222 should you have additional questions or concerns.

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