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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