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Upcoming Conference Presentations:

Resna 2015

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America 2015

Effectiveness of Universal Design Standards in Improving Usability in the Built Environment

Universal design is a process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation” (Steinfeld and Maisel 2012). The designers of a university residence hall utilized a draft universal design standard during their design process. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD) conducted a post-occupancy evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the draft standards and help inform further standard development. In this study, researchers used more general concepts of “usability” and “satisfaction” to encompass the three desired outcomes of universal design.

Authors: Edward Steinfeld, Sue Weidemann, Jonathan White and Elyse Skerker Sigal

Friday, June 12, 2015, 10:45 AM

A Multidisciplinary Survey Of Home Modification Professionals: A Snapshot On The State Of Practice

There has been a paucity of published research on home modifications over the past decade. The current study reports the results of an online survey of 96 home modification practitioners, including therapists, architects, and contractors. The purpose was to assess the state of key service delivery elements, including: continuing education, advanced certifications, caseload, assessment tools, follow-up, and needed improvements. All three participant groups reflected a high prevalence of continuing education experiences in home modification. Many had acquired advanced certifications in home modifications, with the Certified Aging in Place Specialist being most frequently reported among these. Due to the multiplicity of funding options, there is often confusion about the services and interventions that will and will not be funded. Most practitioners do not use a standardized assessment tool, choosing instead to create their own. Practitioners in all three disciplines do not routinely collect follow-up data on the impact of their home modification services. As a field of practice, consensus standards of practice are needed. In addition, a concise outcomes measurement tool is needed to support regular capture of impact data.

Authors: James Lenker, Danise Levine, Karen Kim, Sue Weidemann

Panel Discussion: Impact of Proposed Changes to the ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Standard

Jonathan White

Workshop: Improving Home Modifications through Practice-Based Research

This will be a highly interactive workshop addressing the need for research that supports home modification service delivery practices. Topics will include: common service delivery models and key barriers faced by practitioners; the need for research evidence that supports service delivery; gaps in the outcomes research literature on home modifications; practical challenges facing those conducting home modifications outcomes studies; strengths and limitations of existing home modifications outcomes measurement tools; key priorities and strategies needed in the future to advance home modifications research and practice.

Moderators: Jim Lenker & Karen Kim

Saturday, June 13 from 2:15 - 3:30pm

User Expectations And Preferences For A Smartphone Application To Support Paratransit Riders

This paper reports the results of a study conducted to understand the demand, preference, and expectations for a smartphone application for paratransit reservations and services. Twenty-five paratransit riders with varied disabilities from a medium sized city in the northeastern United States participated in a survey study. The results indicate great interest in a smartphone app, and the data suggest features that need to be prioritized for an initial prototype.

Paper accepted in Student scientific paper category for Poster presentation session

June 13- June 15 2015
Aditya Joshi

 


Environmental Design Research Association

46th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association

A multidisciplinary survey of home modification professionals: a snapshot on the state of practice

There has been a paucity of published research on home modifications over the past decade. The current study reports the results of an online survey of 96 home modification practitioners, including therapists, architects, and contractors. The purpose was to assess the state of key service delivery elements, including: continuing education, advanced certifications, caseload, assessment tools, follow-up, and needed improvements. All three participant groups reflected a high prevalence of continuing education experiences in home modification. Many had acquired advanced certifications in home modifications, with the Certified Aging in Place Specialist being most frequently reported among these. Due to the multiplicity of funding options, there is often confusion about the services and interventions that will and will not be funded. Most practitioners do not use a standardized assessment tool, choosing instead to create their own. Practitioners in all three disciplines do not routinely collect follow-up data on the impact of their home modification services. As a field of practice, consensus standards of practice are needed. In addition, a concise outcomes measurement tool is needed to support regular capture of impact data.

Authors: James Lenker, Danise Levine, Karen Kim, Sue Weidemann

May 28, 2015, from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


National Urological Society Conference2015 National Urological Society Conference

"Ergonomics and Universal Design Applications in Urological Surgery"

Date: May 14-15

Presenter: Victor Paquet

 


Living communities logo“Living in the Community: Changes and Continuing Challenges” Conference and ADA Legacy Tour Stop

“Age-Friendly Accessible Housing: Buffalo’s Silver Pride Project.”

Locally-based solutions (e.g., programming, services, housing) are being implemented in communities across the country to address aging-related barriers prevalent in the LGBT community. To date, there have been no in-depth explorations of program impetuses, practices, or influences. In response to this gap, the current research study sought to identify common strategies employed by senior programs and residential projects to address the problems of social isolation and reduced community support experienced by LGBT seniors. Semi-structured phone interviews were conducted with program directors and managers from seven initiatives serving LGBT older adults. The findings suggest a common set of community responses to serve LGBT older adults.

Presenter: Molly Ranahan, PhD Candidate Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
Rod Hensel, Director, Silver Pride Project

April 29th, 1:00-1:30PM


“Implementing Universal Design in Student Housing: A Case Study”

Universal design “is a process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness (Steinfeld and Maisel).  Keeping the definition and goals of UD in mind, The Global Universal Design Commission created a set of UD standards for public building design.  These standards were used to build a 600 student residence hall on the State University of New York at Buffalo’s campus, Greiner Hall.  As part of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC), the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access conducted post occupancy evaluations on Greiner Hall with the goal of evaluating the standard. The presentation will discuss the findings of the study and begin to raise broader questions about how a universally designed space creates a positive impact on the community at large.

Presenter: Elyse Skerker Sigal, M.Arch Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant, IDeA Center

April 30th, 9:00-9:45AM

 


AOTAAOTA 95th Annual Conference & Expo

Universal Design and Occupational Therapy: Common Ground in Practice and Research (SC 109)
This course will use case examples to: (a) demonstrate how universal design concepts can be used as a framework for describing activity limitations for people with disabilities; and (b) describe the unique contributions that OTs can make to Universal Design-related research projects.

Short Course Presentation

Thursday, April 16, 8:00am-9:30am

Presenters: Jim Lenker, Brittany Perez

Poster Session: A Cross-Sectional Study Comparing the Usability of Two ATMs Across Diverse User Groups (PO 1092)

Thursday, April 16, 9:30am-11:30am


 

ARCC2015

Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2015

"Universal Design in Architectural Education: Who is doing it? How is it being done?"

The presentation and papers willl discussion from an online survey we distributed to faculty and administrators from 120 schools in the United States with accredited architecture programs. The survey sought information related to level of understanding of UD, attitudes toward UD, extent of incorporation of UD into curricula, perceived effectiveness of UD components, and it also solicited suggestions for increasing the relevancy of UD in architectural education.

Authors: Megan Basnak, Beth Tauke and Sue Weidemann

Effectiveness of Design Standards in Improving Residence Hall Usability and Satisfaction

“Universal design is a process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation” (Steinfeld and Maisel 2012). The designers of a university residence hall utilized a draft universal design standard during their design process. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD) conducted a post-occupancy evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the draft standards and help inform further standard development. In this study, researchers used more general concepts of “usability” and “satisfaction” to encompass the three desired outcomes of universal design.

Authors: Edward Steinfeld, Sue Weidemann, Jonathan White and Elyse Skerker Sigal

Past Conferences:

International Conference on Universal Design 2014 | Lund, Sweden | June 16-18, 2014

UD2014 comprises 84 oral presentations, 6 keynote lectures, 2 plenary sessions, 7 workshops, 21 poster presentations, 10 student posters, an extensive demo/ exhibition track and a productive pre-conference workshop. The themes span over large parts of societal life, in work and in play, in indoor and outdoor spaces, in cities and rural settings, for young and for old. The contributions represent 27 countries and clearly show the breadth of universal design and its on-going adoption in societies all over the world.

Papers:

Developing Evidence-Based Standards: A Case Study in Knowledge Translation
Edward Steinfeld, Clive D'Souza, Jonathan White

The Effects of Interactive Stairways on User Behavior and Safety

Karen Kim, Edward Steinfeld

Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive Design in Graduate Architecture
Beth Tauke, Edward Steinfeld, Megan Basnak

 

Presentations:

Developing Evidence-Based Standards: A Case Study in Knowledge Translation
Edward Steinfeld, Arch. D., AIA, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Director, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (NY)

The Effects of Interactive Stairways on User Behavior and Safety

Karen Kim, MArch, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (NY)

Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive Design in Graduate Architecture
Edward Steinfeld, Arch. D., AIA, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Director, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (NY)


Watch Your Step 2014 National Fall Prevention Conference | Toronto, Canada | May 27-28, 2014

On May 27-28, 2014, over 400 delegates attended Watch Your Step: The 2014 National Fall Prevention Conference, at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. This high-calibre event brought together experts from across Canada and around the world to share research excellence, clinical advances and policy innovations in fall and injury prevention among older adults. It was an exceptional opportunity for those who work with older adults in all settings.

Presentations:

Measuring performance of slip resistant winter footwear on snowy and icy slopes
Jennifer Hsu*, Yue Li, Tilak Dutta, Geoff Fernie

The Effects of Glass Stair Treads on Stair Users in a Retail Store
Karen Kim*, Edward Steinfeld

Effects of slope and contamination on the perception of ramp slipperiness in winter conditions
Yue Li*, Adam Katchky, Tilak Dutta, Geoff Fernie

Age-related differences in dynamic balance control during stair descent and effect of varying step geometry
Alison Novak*, Vicki Komisar, Brian Maki, Geoff Fernie


Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference and Training |  Washington D.C. | August 19–23, 2013

The LEAD® conference continues to be the one place where leaders and newcomers in the field of access to the cultural arts for individuals with disabilities and older adults can meet and mingle with peers, learn about the latest technological advances, get the straight talk on legal issues, and contribute to the collective knowledge base of how to reach and engage audiences, patrons, and visitors of all ages and abilities.

Presentations:

The Goals of Universal Design
Edward Steinfeld, Arch. D., AIA, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Director, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (NY)

E. Steinfeld and his colleagues have developed a new conceptual framework for universal design that expands the original usability focus to social participation and health and acknowledges the role of context in developing realistic applications. This presentation will present the new framework, a set of Goals of Universal Design for use in practice and examples of how contemporary designers are applying universal design ideas in new ways.

 

Uncovering the Hidden History: The Museum of DisAbility History
Michael A. Rembis, Ph.D., Director, Center for Disability Studies, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University at Buffalo (NY)

A case study on The Museum of DisAbility History in Buffalo, New York, will be included to demonstrate how UD can be applied through a traditional museum setting and an online presence.

 

Multi-Sensory Models for Wayfinding and Interpretation
Steven Landau, M.Arch., President, Touch Graphics (DE)

Touch Graphics is a small company that has developed and implemented a new technology in three dimensional models that is being implemented to make orientation maps and directories much more exciting and accessible to all users and to interpret exhibits in museums using vision, touch and sound. This presentation will describe the technology and several applications.

 

Interactive Stairways: Opportunities and Challenges
Edward Steinfeld, Arch. D., AIA, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Director, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (NY)

Artists, designers and technologists are exploring ways to encourage stairway use, often in museum settings, by making stairways entertaining using electronic soundscapes, art installations and moving images. While very popular with the general public, the stairways may cause accidents by distraction and sensory confusion. This presentation will present examples of interactive stairways and findings from an initial study of safety implications. Guidelines for developing safe interactive stairways will be provided.


56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) | Boston | October 22-26, 2012

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society was held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, from October 22-26 and was attended by more than 1,450 members and nonmembers from the United States and around the world.

Papers and Presentations:

Performance of Visually Impaired Users during Simulated Boarding and Alighting on Low-Floor Buses
Piyush Bareria, Clive D’Souza*, James Lenker, Victor Paquet, Edward Steinfeld

Clearance Space Envelopes of Wheeled Mobility Device Users for Computer Workstations
Clive D’Souza*, Victor Paquet, Edward Steinfeld


13th International Conference on ’Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons’ TRANSED 2012 |  Delhi, India | September 17 - 21, 2012

From the outset, the TRANSED series of conferences have been held primarily to serve the needs of transport professionals; including researchers, policy makers, planners, administrators and operators. The main objectives of the conference remains the exchange and dissemination of knowledge and experience for the development of transport services and systems that meet the needs of people who have mobility impairments.

Papers:

Identifying accessibility problems in existing transit systems
Edward Steinfeld, Michael Grimble, Victor Paquet

 

Presentations:

Identifying accessibility problems in existing transit systems
Edward Steinfeld, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, SUNY, Buffalo

Full scale simulation of accessible buses
Edward Steinfeld, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, SUNY, Buffalo


Universal Design 2012, Oslo
Public space: Inspire, Challenge, and Empower

The strategy of universal design aims at dismantling physical and social barriers. This conference focused on solutions and various impacts of implementation relevant to people in public spaces.

Presentations from the IDeA Center:

global universal design commissionThe Goals of Universal Design
Edward Steinfeld
UD2012 Oslo, June 11-13, 2012

Dr. Steinfeld's keynote presentation is an argument for rethinking the concept of universal design. Universal design has not reached its full potential as a design philosophy. It emerged from experiences of people with disabilities. We can still use that experience as a fertile ground for ideas but we must think more broadly to increase adoption of the concept. Proposals for some new directions are summarized in this presentation. For a more in-depth look at these new directions, refer to our new textbook titled - Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments.


global universal design commissionGUDC: Changing the World through Universal Design Standards
Edward Steinfeld | UD2012 | June 11-13, 2012






rehabilitation engineering research center on accessible public transportationRERC APT: Universal Design Research on Boarding and Using Busses
Edward Steinfeld, Victor Paquet, James Lenker, Clive D’Souza, Piyush Bareria
June 11-13, UD 2012, Oslo


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International Conference on Best Practices in UNIVERSAL DESIGN at FICCDAT, 2011

The International Conference on Best Practices in Universal Design was one of six conferences that took place in Toronto, Ontario between June 5 and June 8 as part of the 2011 Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT).

The Universal Design conference covered subjects including housing and home modifications, public buildings, and community environments. Through speakers, poster sessions, and discussions, participants learned about best practices, research methods, and ways to disseminate information relating to universal design.

Papers:

Universal Design for Social Inclusion Community Based Model Homes by Marcelo Pinto Guimarães Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Laboratório ADAPTSE

Holarchies for Better Understanding Of Universal Design as a Socially Inclusive Factor by Marcelo Pinto Guimarães
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Laboratório ADAPTSE

Barriers to Universal Design in Australian Housing by Jane Bringolf
University of Western Sydney

Presentations:

Are Older People Confident Climbing Steps in Outdoor Public Places?
MacLennan, H.A., Ormerod, M., Newton, R., and Faruk, M. SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre
The University of Salford

Barriers to Universal Design in Australian Housing by Jane Bringolf
University of Western Sydney

Participative Dynamics In The Architect Education: An Interactive Learning Practice by Andrea Destefani, Núbia Bernardi, João Vilhete, Viegas d’Abreu
School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urbanism
University of Campinas UNICAMP, BRAZIL

A Study On The Sidewalk Universal Design by Hiroshi Kitagwa, Dr. Eng,The Hyogo Institute of Assistive Technology, Takao Yanagihara, Dr.Eng, KinkiUniversity, Yuji Saisho, Mr, Panasonic Electric Works Inc.
Hideki Yano, Mr, TOA Inc., KouzouMaeda, Mr, Xebec Inc.
NorihiroIkeda, Mr, KictecInc., ShoichiroFujisawa, Professor, Tokushima University

Keynote: From Accessibility to Universal DesignA Global Perspective Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access by Dr. Edward Steinfeld
School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo

Home Modifications: Their Impact on Waged Care Substitution
by Phillippa Carnemolla & Catherine Bridge

The University of New South Wales

Impact Of Housing Modificationson The Meaning Of Homefor People With Disabilities by Christelle Montreuil
Laval University

Challenges in Developing a National Standard in Wayfinding
Oddvin Farestveit
The Delta Centre

Posters:

Universal Design for Social Inclusion Community Based Model Homes by Marcelo Pinto Guimarães Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Laboratório ADAPTSE

Holarchies for Better Understanding Of Universal Design as a Socially by Marcelo Pinto Guimarães Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Laboratório ADAPTSE Inclusive Factor

Accessible Transitions by Jesse Klimitz Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto