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Pat Short on Her Journey to a Career in Accessibility

Pat Short had the unique opportunity to develop the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training course from the beginning alongside others at the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF). Short had completed her teaching diploma at Vancouver Community College, so it was natural that VCC was where the first iteration of the course was established.

Short took the RHFAC Professional exam in 2019, allowing her to perform ratings and consult on meaningful access. “I do consulting work, so every time I teach, I improve. It helps me apply my knowledge and share my experience with my classes,” Short explained.

Accessibility, to Short, means that everyone can go anywhere. "There are so many things that we can do that cost nothing at all. All it takes is awareness. That’s when the light goes on with my students, and suddenly we talk about all these things we can do. Then everyone gets really excited.”