Blyth, Ontario – Cowbell Brewing Co. has received the ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program, receiving a score of 90/100. Cowbell Brewing is leading the way as the first brewery in Canada to achieve ‘Gold’ certified status and is the first private business in Ontario to achieve ‘Gold’ certified status.
The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM is the first program to measure the level of meaningful access beyond building code and is based upon the holistic user experience of people with varying disabilities affecting their mobility, vision, and hearing. The RHFAC provides a universal rating that enables facilities to nationally benchmark their accessibility. To date, over 1,100 buildings across Canada have registered to be rated.
“Every day, the Cowbell team strives to make the Cowbell Farm a welcoming, exciting and accessible space for team members and Guests, regardless of their ability,” said Grant Sparling II, Chief Development Officer at Cowbell Brewing. “The Rick Hansen Foundation is a leader for creating and promoting inclusive spaces and we are honoured to receive this recognition from them.”
In achieving a ‘gold’ rating, Cowbell Brewing has removed barriers and improved accessibility for the 160+ Cowbell employees and Guests who enter the building. A few accessible highlights from the Cowbell Farm include: high-contrast heated sidewalks, elevator, braille signage, tactile attention indicators at top of all staircases, large format digital menu, two spacious universal washrooms (one with adult change table), and an accessible ‘catwalk’ viewing area above the brewhouse and cellar allowing visitors to see each stage of the brewing process.
“Congratulations to Cowbell Brewing for incorporating universal design into their everyday thinking. It’s inspiring to see a family business like this where people of all ages and abilities gather and connect to be so committed to an inclusive built environment and culture,” said Brad McCannell, VP of Access and Inclusion at the Rick Hansen Foundation.
Special thanks Mikayla Ansley, Lorie Falconer, Cheryl Peach, and Julie Sawchuk, local accessibility advocates, for assisting Cowbell to honour its commitment to achieve best of class design and education for the inclusion, comfort, and safety of all Guests.
For more information on the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program, please visit: www.rickhansen.com/RHFAC