Universal Design Solutions (UDS) began as a small private Occupational Therapy (OT) and Design practice in 2003. The main focus at that time was on small scale design to promote accessibility for individuals who required modifications to their home; to allow them to remain independent within their home space. In 2019, Universal Design & Therapy Solutions is a full scale Occupational Therapy and Accessibility practice with the goal of making all environments healthy, accessible, and livable. As well as, to provide assessment and treatment to clients with neurological conditions; to improve their participation in valued occupations, health and wellness within these spaces.
Shannon Ellis is the owner and principal of UDS and is a qualified OT and Designer with a strong passion for beautiful spaces that allow access for all and allow participation in valued occupations, health and wellness. Shannon has 24+ years of experience as an OT and in Universal Design. She has a demonstrated history of working in the healthcare and design industries in Canada and the UK. When not working Shannon enjoys time with her family, practicing yoga and exploring North America and overseas.
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in OT from the University of British Columbia and is registered to practice in both Canada and the UK. Her areas of interest are in adult neurology and she has spent most of her career working in the area of stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. She has a keen interest in cognitive therapy and sensory regulation and how improvement in these specific components can improve client's neurological function in day to day activities. She is starting course work towards a Masters in Sensory Integration through the University of Ulster in the UK.
Shannon's design practice includes specialization in Ergonomics, Space Planning, Home Modifications, and Sensory Focused Design. In addition to her professional designation as an Occupational Therapist, she holds a Certificate of Completion focused in Universal Design from University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning as well as a Management Certificate in Interior Design from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Shannon recently qualified as a Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Professional and is able to assess both existing and pre-construction commercial spaces for certification.