OUR TEAMMeet the minds behind Level Playing Field.
Darby Lee Young
Principal Accessibility Strategist
Darby Lee Young was born with mild cerebral palsy, but has never allowed her physical limitations to stop her from following her dreams.
One of her big dreams has been to apply her personal experiences as a disabled individual to her professional life, so that she can help others with physical challenges chase their own dreams.
Darby has turned her passion for removing barriers into a decade of experience working as an accessibility strategist.
Darby on breaking barriers:
“The minute there is a barrier, my independence is gone.”
She is an expert in universal design, has a deep understanding of building codes and drawings, and has contributed to the success of removing barriers at a municipal level, provincial level and across North America. Darby sat on the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) from 2011-2015 and was the committee’s co-chair for two years. She also represented the City of Calgary at the International Summit on Accessibility. In June of 2017, Darby was appointed to a three-year term on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
LPF has allowed Darby to offer her expertise to a wider range of clients. By incorporating barrier-free design features in new builds and conducting accessibility reviews on proposed and existing facilities, Darby’s work continues to make a significant difference for many people living with disabilities and puts her team at the forefront of accessibility consulting.
She has boundless energy and a sunny disposition that permeates both her professional and personal lives. It is impossible not to be inspired by Darby’s positivity.
As a sports enthusiast, Darby is a former para-alpine ski racer and has a passion for hockey. In her downtime she volunteers and fundraises for both sports, including at various national and international events.
Ron Taylor is a cabinetmaker by trade with additional educational and practical upgrades in design & engineering, as well as change management. He has collected 29 years’ worth of theoretical and practical knowledge in relation to the commercial and residential construction industry. He and his partner are blessed with 3 beautiful children, one of which has special needs, requiring a wheelchair for mobility. It is through this lived experience that Ron has witnessed the challenges of navigating a person with disabilities through our environment which has cultivated his passion for bringing down barriers. Through ongoing advocacy work and his career, Ron strives to make universal design the “new normal” with a vision of an inclusive society for all to live and thrive with equal opportunity.
Amy Stevens has a bachelor of arts in psychology and experience in administration and construction coordination. Her work as a construction coordinator has provided her with a keen eye for detail and familiarity with architectural drawings and processes. Amy’s degree has provided her with excellent communication skills and an understanding of people. She focused her studies on environmental psychology and is knowledgeable in how people consciously and subconsciously interact with their surroundings. She is passionate about ensuring the built environment encourages community involvement, physical activity and mental well-being. This overarching goal fits in perfectly with Universal Design and Level Playing Field’s mission to bring Accessibility to the forefront.
Daisy enjoys greeting clients and overseeing the day to day operations of the LPF Team.
Born May 2009!
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