Call for Presentations

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.

DUE DATE: Apri 30, 2017, 5:00 pm Central Time

Speakers will be notified of acceptance June 1, 2017. Universal Design Summit 6 will provide conference registration to all presenters. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, lodging, travel and meals apart from those provided at the conference will be the responsibility of the speakers.

No fax submissions will be accepted. Questions regarding presentation submissions should be addressed to

Presentations may be case studies, lectures, moderated panels or other
formats. Please be clear about your proposed presentation structure and the number of people involved. Abstracts should relate to one or more of the conference themes:

Housing for All Ages and Abilities
Accessible and inclusive single family and multifamily housing is central to the success of any community. The diversity of a neighborhood’s residents defines the culture of the area and with it, the economic
and social health of the local environment. Without housing that accommodates and invites a wide range of ages, abilities, and cultures, an area is impoverished.

Presentations should focus on methods for designing and constructing housing that is inclusive in both unit design and in the design and planning of the overall development. Types may include affordable and “high-end”, studio apartments and large family homes, single occupant and multi-generational spaces, urban and rural.

Universal Design and Public Places
Inclusive design in public places such as museums, social service and commercial spaces, social assembly areas, retail settings, restaurants, schools and health care buildings is key to retaining residents in neighborhoods and to local economic viability.

Presentations should focus on the planning and design of cultural institutions, health care facilities, social spaces and retail areas that are inclusive. Other related topics are welcome.

Community Access and Universal Design
Community access depends on the presence of continuous accessible pathways and on effective communication with pedestrians in many types of environments. Parks, streets, sidewalks, intersections, shared- use paths, bicycle routes, play areas and other outdoor environments all form the backbone of a neighborhood. Having an home that fits a resident is almost worse than useless if that resident is then stranded in that home with no access to outdoor spaces or to transportation.
Presentations should explore successful implementation of community access projects or which look at best practices in these environments.