A1: Shining a Light on Home Modifications
Presented by: Doug Walter and Jeni Finnigan

Most kitchens are poorly lit. But designers and lighting experts don’t agree on which lamps work best in which fixtures, and especially where those fixtures need to be located to be most effective.

Since you can’t manage what you don’t measure, Doug first used a light meter app on his phone, to measure delivered foot candles on the countertops of the old kitchens he was working on. NKBA and IESNA agree that 50 fc is the minimum for prep counters, yet most existing kitchens measured at less than 20 fc.  Using client kitchens under remodel as his “lab”, Doug mocked up different types of fixtures, lamps and layout, and the results were striking. He quickly discovered that all lumens are not created equal. Choosing the right PAR30 lamp for instance, yielded 10 times more foot candles than a BRF or 30 bulb, even though both bulbs were rated the same lumen outputs.

Next, he redesigned their kitchen lighting and had a lighting engineer model the layouts on a computer. Finally, he went back after the kitchen remodels were complete to take actual foot candle levels, confirming the simulations.

To appeal to the artist as well as the scientist in all of us, the talk will be punctuated by images of award winning kitchens, with commentary about the lighting strategies that help make them successful.

A2: Living in Place – Housing for All Ages and Abilities
Presented by: Louie Delaware and Erik Listou

UD and Aging in Place are not accepted nor practiced as well as intended. A positive business approach is being widely accepted by practioners and providers of products, services and their customers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how living in place goes beyond Universal Design and Aging in Place Illustrate the benefits to business, industry and consumers
  • Discuss community impact – now and for the future.

A3: Universal Design: Principles and Application
Presented by: Amanda Primm

This presentation will cover the basics of Universal Design as laid out by founder Ronald Mace. Principles and meaning of the principles will be discussed, as well as why it is more effective to build UD form the “ground up” rather than modifying existing structures. A case study of the Universal Design Training Apartment that exists within the Access and Technology building at the Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL,) including our purpose in constructing it, as well as what knowledge we have gained from the construction and use of the apartment. The session will also provide feedback that we have received from individuals with various disabilities, as well as from local contractors.

Learning Objectives:

  • The principles of Universal Design for Beginners
  • Why choose universal design over home modifications
  • Universal Design as a learning tool/experience

A4: Affordable Housing:  Types and Strategies
Presented by: Gina Hilberry

Using a group of case studies and design examples, the workshop will focus on affordable multi-family housing projects. Discussion will include exploration of the wide range of concepts and types that are currently in use both locally and in other cultures

Learning Objectives:

  • Review a global approach to affordable housing types – both new and traditional.
  • Look at the role of local methodologies and support systems such as MHDC and the St. Louis Affordable Housing Commission.
  • Examine design concepts and tools that relate specifically to multi-family affordable housing.


A5: Center for Enriched Living
Presented by: Richard Lehner and Armando Tobias

Center for Enriched Living is a community center for individuals with developmental disabilities. this session is a case study of a complete renovation of their facility, originally constructed in 1995 to better serve their needs.

Universal Design was identified as a goal from day one of the design process for the benefits to both members and staff. Challenges of implementing Universal Design in a renovation will be explored, as will the benefits to all uses of the facility, including staff. Within the facility is a universally designed kitchen designed to be usable by groups and by both members and staff. Unique design features of this space will be explored and design decisions explained to identify how the use informed the design.

Learning Objectives:

  • Potential challenges in applying Universal Design standards in a renovation project
  • Identify benefits of Universal Design in a social service context: benefits to both participants and staff.
  • Key design considerations for Universal Design in kitchens for group use.

A6: Home Is Where the Access Is:  Including the MLS
Presented by: Tonya Deniz and Ken Jernberg

Shelter is a basic human need so the demand for housing, including the type of housing, grows with the population. When it comes to housing, as a population we have reached a tipping point.  More and more we are rethink how to construct and remodel homes.
We need to ensure every home is accessible to everyone regardless of age or ability. Over the 100-year life span of a home, some 6,000 people will enter that dwelling. It is very likely someone with physical, sensory or other challenges will not be able to enter, exit or maneuver easily inside the home because of its design. These are barriers to access. Given current demographic and emerging real estate trends, the time is ripe for a paradigm shift.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand where we are on the home accessibility adoption curve, the time is ripe for accessible homes to become the new normal.
  • Demographic trends and emerging real estate trends. The Home Accessibility Real Estate Specialist designation for realtors and home builders.
  • Accessibility adoption in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Our role in the paradigm shift.

A7: Universal Design: A Living History
Presented by: Amy Barnes and Mia Maksimowicz, A Universal Design Project, Inc.

History is a living concept.  As long as the clock is ticking, it never ceases to be created. A mix of housing for all ages & abilities, and universal design and public places, this session represents instances in historical districts where formerly residential spaces become places of business. The session will include a short film followed by discussion concerning:

Creation of loan packages that cover universally design improvements at a low rate of interest for property owners;

Creation of government issued tax incentive programs for property owners making UD improvements;

State and federal historic rehab funds to cover accessibility components in rehabs –
even when they are not part of the original property;

State and federal historic rehab programs to cover hardscaping improvements, providing safe ingress and egress from buildings; and

Changes in historic rehab assistance programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • The importance of inclusion
  • How universal design benefits all.
  • The role universal design plays in building a culture of health, wellness and social participation.


B1: Universal Design Strategies for Research and Program Development
Presented by: Brittany  Perez

This session will provide strategies on how to integrate universal design practices into the research and program development processes. This session will present examples from research conducted at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access and programming in the Age Friendly Erie County initiative to demonstrate how universal design has been critical to inclusive community engagement and improved outcomes in research and program development. Participants will leave with tangible ideas on how to apply universal design and meaningful community participation in their own services, practice, research, or programming.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline ways to implement universal design strategies throughout the research process
  • Describe strategies for inclusive engagement of the community in research and program development
  • Identify barriers to inclusive research methods and programming and how to address them

B2: Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education
Presented By: Richard Lehner and Armando Tobias

Case study of the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Designed as a campus veterans center and as a transitional living facility for veterans with multiple and severe disabilities the building was designed following the principles of Universal Design.

This session will describe the facility including the types of spaces, the programs available to veterans, benefits of Universal Design for this type of facility, challenges of implementing Universal Design during construction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify pro-active approaches to controlling construction tolerances for effective implementation of Universal Design.
  • Identify key design decisions that promote independent use with dignity by all facility users.
  • Understand lessons learned for application to future projects.

B3: Beyond ADA in Public Accommodations
Presented by: Matt Lescher

Seniors are the fastest growing age group in the United States. All seniors have some reduction in contrast and required increased lighting for safety. Those with macular degeneration and other eye diseases may also have other co-morbidities which impact safety at home and in the community. Communities and institutions need to adapt environments to provide safe and accessible services for all.

SiteWise, a grant project, was developed and implemented using an easy checklist to assess public spaces, libraries, places of worship, community centers, medical centers, pharmacies, banks, and restaurants. Assessments provided data from the parking lot through the entire utilization experience. SiteWise provided before and after photographs and specific recommendations for low cost adaptations, educated business and community leaders on ways to increase participation and utilization while reducing injuries and liability costs, provided resources for staff training and increased customer satisfaction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will increase awareness of the escalating numbers of community dwelling seniors with vision loss and the impact of safety hazards on their community participation.
  • Participants Will identify a method for performing an environmental assessment using an easy checklist.
  • Participants Will explain easy, inexpensive adaptations and recommendations for safety and formulate ways to engage community business and leaders in this effort.

B5: Missouri History Museum & Inclusive Design in Museum Environments Presented by: Sharon Smith

B6: Design and the Five Dimensions of Human Ability
Presented by: Marcus Adrian

While design continues to grow toward a fuller understanding of human potential and the many differences in ability from person to person, we have had a tendency to over- emphasize the physical dimension of being, both with public policy and thought leadership. This presentation seeks to broaden that understanding. We will begin by exploring the other four dimensions: sensory, social, cognitive, and empathic, and demonstrate how building design and campus planning can help unlock and empower human potential in each. Presenting case studies of projects for a wide variety of special needs populations, we will explore holistic strategies and specific design ideas that have proven successful to broaden inclusion, increase awareness, and elevate human endeavor.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the five dimensions of human ability, how they vary from person to person, and across the lifespan.
  • Develop design strategies that broaden inclusion by addressing multiple dimensions of human ability.
  • Develop city or campus planning strategies that promote a fuller understanding of inclusion by heightening everyone’s understanding of human ability.

B7: DeafSpace Principles in Practice
Presented by: Hansel Baumann



C1: Aging & Community Participation

C2: Supporting Older Adults in Public Places
Presented by: Adam Fromme

Most of our public spaces do not support the wants of our aging population, and few designers have confidence in making informed decisions–often relying on limited experience or broad assumptions.

With the aging population increasing, this session will present a framework to support the decision-making process for the design of public spaces that includes older adults. This framework relies on design research and universal design principles to support their needs.

Informed by two years of university-supported research (survey, interviews, and co- design workshops), this session will present the current needs of older adults, translate those needs into physical space features, and highlight how the proposed framework can guide decision-makers through the process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Session participants will gain an understanding of the physical, cognitive and social needs of older adults, with a focus on Baby Boomers (those born between 1946- 1964).2.
  • Session participants will learn about design research and how universal design principles can support the needs of older adults, as well as the community at large.
  • Session participants will be presented with a framework supporting the needs of older adults in the decision-making process of public space design.

C3: Universal Design in Parks
Presented by: Craig Eichelman (Panel Moderator), Anne Marie Kinerk, Jim Holley, Teresa Kelly

To increase the Kansas City region’s understanding of universal design as applied in outdoor spaces, two suburbs implemented UD park charrettes in 2016. This session will highlight key elements of the charrette process, how charrette suggestions are aligned with UD principles, and recommendations to incorporate UD principles in future city planning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify how the seven universal design principles can be implemented in a park setting
  • Participants will be able to integrate universal design elements in park settings that will benefit residents of all ages and abilities.
  • Participants will learn how to utilize the design charrette experience to provide an understanding of how UD principles can be integrated into park and urban design in communities.

C4: A Case Study for Community Engagement & Universal Design
Presented by: Zully  Alvarado

How the City of Gary’s Miller Neighborhood Spotlight groups is capitalizing on its diversify by implementing multi-phase projects that make the community an accessible, enjoyable living space for all our residents and visitors.

Promoting full inclusion through our Civil Rights Laws; allows facilities, trails, green- ways, blue-ways; event planning to implementation, for community residents and stakeholders: public, private and non-profit sectors working together to identify their collective vision and priorities for Gary, Indiana and the greater Chicagoland area.

The process of sharing lessons learned with our neighboring communities allows for sustainability and replicability of successes; a win-win for all.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the importance of conducting a SWOT Community Analysis
  • Engaging residents & stakeholders in identifying their collective vision and priorities
  • Applying universal design principles in determining the top community priorities from concept to usability

C5: Interprofessional Collaboration:  The Creation of Healthy, Inclusive Communities
Presented by: Debra Young

Moving beyond obvious markets of entertainment and security systems, home technology can enable greater independence and safety across the lifespan. New developments in technology can enable older adults to live independently and safely at home. These innovations also empower and provide peace of mind for caregivers.

Increasing access to technologies that are embedded within the environment allows for remote control of our homes, while the expansion of home health technologies permits all generations to be actively involved in their own, as well as their loved one’s health. This presentation will discuss/explore ambient home technologies (also known as ambient assisted living technologies) that support productive aging vis a vis Universal Design, sensory needs and changes which occur with age/disability, and in the context of the societal and demographic drivers creating demand. Product usability analysis through an occupational therapist’s lens, considering Universal Design principles to feature match solutions to enable health, wellbeing, and social connectedness/engagement to be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to discuss the global societal drivers, current trends and future of ambient home technologies.
  • Attendees will be able to understand the role of ambient home technologies to enable users across the lifespan.
  • Attendees will be able to identify the varied spectrum of current ambient home technologies enabling health, wellbeing, social connectedness and engagement in life.

C6: Parks, Recreation & Inclusive Design
Presented by: Clarence Olsen

Learning Objectives:

  • Importance and role of placemaking.
  • Drivers of public accessibility.
  • Influence of urban density on access.

C7: Not Your Grandmother’s Bus Stop
Presented by: Kari Turner

Transit stations—from bus stops, to bus rapid transit stations, to light rail, and subway stations—all contribute to the mobility of people within a community. There are good examples of transit systems that provide universal access and examples of systems that are less successful in serving all members of a community. This session will look at the evolution of transit station design and how they can be designed and imagined to serve the needs of all community members. It will focus specifically on bus stops and bus rapid transit stations to show how they can be designed to be appealing, welcoming, and integrated into community. Design solutions that respond to the needs of the transit operators, the passengers, and enhance the perception of transit will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how current transit facilities are integrating universal design strategies.
  • Understand the roll transit plays in increasing community access for all.
  • Understand how the connection of transit stations to public places and private development elevates the perception of transit and enhances universal access.