About Universal Design Summit 6

The Starkloff Disability Institute provides a unique educational experience showcasing good examples of universal design that can be incorporated into homes and neighborhoods. This is the sixth conference organized by the Institute.

Sessions will be 90 minutes. Submissions including single presenters and panel presentations with a moderator are welcome. Our audience will include architects, designers, developers, government officials, engineers, advocates, and universal design experts. Workshops, sessions and keynote speakers will focus on current work in the field of inclusive design, housing and community access.

The theme of the Universal Design Summit 6 is community connections and the role of universal design in the creation of neighborhoods and public spaces that enable residents of all ages and abilities to participate fully in the local network of commercial, cultural, social and service opportunities.

Continuing Education Credits are available. See what people are saying about previous Universal Design Summits.

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Saint Louis University

Busch Student Center

20 North Grand Boulevard

St. Louis, Missouri 63103

November 13-14, 2017

Saint Louis University is located in midtown St. Louis and is easily accessible by major highways, light rail, and public transportation. Lambert International Airport is the nearest airport, located approximately 20 minutes from the campus.


Picture of People in a LectureArchitects, landscape architects, designers, planners, developers, builders / contractors, remodelers, design students, housing agency staff, non-profit housing organizations, code officials, public health professionals and other related disciplines.

Learning Opportunities for Professionals

Principle topics will include Universal Design in new homes and Universal and Accessible Design in remodeled homes. Other presentations will feature topics on design, building materials, products, and appliances.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Units are anticipated for architects, interior designers and occupational therapists 


UDS6 responds to the growing need for information about the 21st-century customer, home and neighborhood design issues. The current and future demographics of North America have produced a growing need for housing and communities that better support an individual’s day-to-day activities and are more accommodating as abilities change. The need is great and growing and the trends in home styles have not kept pace.

There are 125 million residential units in the United States right now. Perhaps 15 million of them have significant usability / accessibility features.

There are 60 million people living in the United States with some type of disability, a population bubble of 77 million “baby boomers” moving into middle age, and a group of older adults whose numbers will double by 2030. No domain is more in need of universal design than housing and the communities of which they are a part.

UDS6 will provide learning opportunities through informal discussion, breakout, and plenary sessions. The conference will attract hundreds of the nation’s most enthusiastic practitioners and thought leaders.

Click here for a list of previously covered topics at Universal Design Summit.

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