Annual Accessibility Awards

​The Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) celebrates and recognizes Calgarians who are improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities through the ACA Annual Awards program.

The ACA sponsors these awards to raise awareness about the importance of accessibility and universal design. The accomplishments of these individuals, groups and organizations are cause for celebration.

2022 winners

The City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility announced the 2022 Accessibility Awards winners during the Regular Meeting of Council on December 6, 2022.

The Advocacy Award was presented to Cal Schuler and the Universal Design Award was presented to the Parkdale Community Association and Level Playing Field.

Learn more about the winners and their commitment to accessibility here.


Below you can find the different types of ACA awards and the nomination requirements:

The Advocacy Award

The Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or group of people who have improved the quality of life for persons with disabilities and are advancing accessibility in Calgary.


  1. Describe how a Calgarian or group within Calgary has improved services for persons with disabilities and how these services have improved quality of life.
  2. Describe the personal contributions the nominee has made to create positive change through social action.
  3. Demonstrate how the nominee has worked with others to create change.

The Universal Design Award

The Universal Design Award acknowledges how an individual or group – using universal design principles – has improved access for persons with disabilities in Calgary. This award covers improved access to the physical environment, technology, or products.


  • Agencies or organizations (individuals or groups).
  • Public or private initiatives.
  • Projects located and/or created in Calgary.
  • Newly constructed or renovated projects.
  • Projects must be completed.


  1. Demonstrate how the initiative accommodates the needs of persons with vision, mobility, hearing or cognitive disabilities, paying close attention to function and improved accessibility.
  2. Demonstrate how the project exceeds Alberta Building Code (3.8) standards for accessibility, when applicable.
  3. Demonstrate how accessibility and universal design features are integrated with overall project design.
  4. Demonstrate how the initiative achieved an inclusive experience for users.
  5. Demonstrate how the project improved users’ quality of life.