Sambhavi Chandrashekar

PhD, CPACC – Advisor

With a distinguished career spanning over three decades, Dr. Sambhavi Chandrashekar brings a wealth of experience to her role as Senior Consultant at Accessibility Partners. Sambhavi’s expertise is deeply rooted in the intersection of accessibility, technology, and education. Currently serving as the Global Accessibility Lead at D2L Corporation, she has played a pivotal role in shaping accessible learning environments and technologies.

Sambhavi’s contributions to the field extend beyond corporate boundaries. As a member of the Ontario Government’s AODA Post-secondary Education Standards Development Committee and the leader of its Digital Learning and Technology Subgroup, she has influenced accessibility standards and practices in educational institutions across Ontario. Her involvement with the Universities Canada Expert Selection Committee further underscores her commitment to fostering innovation and accessibility in academia.

In the professional realm, Sambhavi’s leadership is recognized through her active participation in global accessibility communities. As a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals’ Global Leadership Council and various task forces, she contributes to shaping international accessibility standards and practices.

Academically, Sambhavi has imparted her knowledge and experience as an Adjunct Professor at OCAD University and York University, specializing in inclusive design and critical disability studies. Her academic work is complemented by her research, which focuses on enhancing web access for individuals with vision impairments, culminating in a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Sambhavi’s dedication to inclusivity is further evidenced by her continuous learning and certification in areas like AI ethics, sign language, and effective communication, reflecting her holistic approach to accessibility and inclusion.

As a Senior Consultant with Accessibility Partners, Dr. Chandrashekar’s profound knowledge, extensive experience, and passionate advocacy for accessibility will undoubtedly drive the company’s mission to create more inclusive and accessible environments across industries.

Sambhavi Chandrashekar Blog's

In today's rapidly evolving urban landscape, the integration of accessible features into new and modern buildings has become a standard practice. However, there is often a significant gap in this progressive approach when it comes to our cherished heritage buildings. These historical structures, rich with cultural and architectural significance, frequently lag in accessibility. As we strive for a more inclusive society, it is crucial to explore and implement innovative solutions that make these historic buildings accessible to everyone. 
Accessibility is fast becoming one of the core service pillars of government organizations and businesses. Now more than ever, organizations work to ensure that their spaces serve people with disabilities respectfully and comfortably. This shift is due to the advocacy of various disability groups, growing social consciousness, and accessibility laws such as the ADA, AODA, and ACA. Embarking on the accessibility journey can be daunting for beginners, but having a prudent accessibility plan is the key.
Disability affects many Canadians. Over 22% currently have a disability and this figure increases to 38% for those over 65. With 1.85 million Ontarians affected, the prevalence of disability is expected to grow from one in six today to one in five in the next 20 years. These numbers will have an increasing influence on many Canadians as they consider the accessibility of businesses and services, often influenced by family members or friends with disabilities.
In a world where inclusivity is paramount, architecture stands as a silent yet powerful force shaping the accessibility of our built environments. It goes beyond just creating visually stunning structures; innovative architecture holds the potential to break down physical barriers and foster a more inclusive society. 
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) mandates that organizations in Ontario create accessible environments for all individuals, regardless of their physical and mental capabilities. Understanding the legal obligations under AODA is crucial for businesses, non-profits, and public sector organizations. Equally important is being aware of the consequences of non-compliance, which can include financial penalties. This blog outlines these obligations and the potential penalties that organizations could face if they fail to adhere to the standards set by AODA.
For many organizations, particularly small businesses and non-profits, the costs associated with becoming compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) can seem daunting. However, a variety of funding opportunities and resources are available to help ease this burden. This blog outlines key sources of financial support and guidance that can assist organizations in meeting AODA standards.