August 06, 2005

Two Regional Universal Design Conferences in the US

Take your pick - Northern California in August or Northern Virginia - each location offers a community education event on Universal Design.

The California event will take place August 19 in Santa Cruz on the northern California coast. Featuring the director of the IDEA Center on Universal Design at SUNY-Buffalo, Edward Steinfeld, the event will use Universal Design to assess the current state of infrastructure and services in Santa Cruz County. For more information contact Jeanette Cosentino at Jeanette at Cosentino@CHW.EDU

The Virginia event will be held September 28 in Woodbridge and will focus on the incorporation of Universal Design in single family dwellings. For more information contact Toni Clemons-Porter at

A note to the attentive entrepreneur: There is a gap in his line-up of events - a symposium on Universal Design for the hotel. motel, and hospitality industry in, let's say, the Midwest this Fall?

Universal Design Symposium to be Held in Prince William
Source: The Gainesville Times

The Prince William Aging in Place Committee has planned a symposium on universal design called Universal Design Hits Home: New Directions in Single Family Housing.

The symposium will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the A.J. Ferlazzo Building, located at 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge.

Universal design is emerging in housing construction and remodeling efforts all across the country with products and designs that suit people of all ages, sizes and abilities. The concept includes countertop sinks that adjust to the height of children to adults at the touch of a button, no-step entrances, lighted door handles and more.

Early bird registration is $50 and must be made by Aug. 31. After that date, the registration cost is $75 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.

For details, contact Toni Clemons-Porter at or (703) 792-6403. To register, visit the VHDA website at

Universal Design Conference to be Held in Santa Cruz, California

The Concept of Universal Design

Universal Design is an approach to the design of all products and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.

Universal Design is different than accessible design. Accessible design means products and buildings that are accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Universal design means products and buildings that are accessible and usable by everyone--older people as well as young, women as well as men, left handed persons as well as right handed persons. Accessible design has a tendency to lead to separate facilities—for example, a ramp set off to the side of a stairway at an entrance or a wheelchair accessible toilet stall. Universal design, on the other hand, provides one solution that can accommodate all people. It simply acknowledges disability, aging, and other differences as a part of every day life.

An important implication of universal design is that it has mass appeal. In fact most successful universal designs often express the usability features of the product or environment as strong aesthetics qualities and are successful precisely because they are beautiful as well as useful.
Proceeds from the conference will be distributed equally among three Santa Cruz area organizations working toward optimizing human environments: The Terry Brinkley MS Center at Cabrillo College, Shared Adventures, and the Dominican Foundation.

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Posted by rollingrains at August 6, 2005 08:24 PM