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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

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

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Join Scholars, community members, students, and activists to address the theme "Living in the Community: Changes and Continuing Challenges."  In addition to focusing on issues such as the built environment, product design, transportation, education and employment, the conference will engage the ways in which people with disabilities define-and derive meaning and value from-the term "community."

For more information and Registration visit the following website >>

 


National ADA Symposium

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The National ADA Symposium is a comprehensive conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that provides practical, expert training on ADA implementation from the country's top presenters. Explore this site and register now for the premiere training event on the ADA!

May 12, 2013 – May 15, 2013

San Antonio,
TX 78207


RESNA 2013 Annual Conference

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Designed by and for people passionate about the use of assistive technology to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities, RESNA 2013 offers educational sessions, scientific paper sessions, posters, three plenary sessions with internationally-recognized speakers, and a large exhibit hall.

Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, WA - June 20 - 24, 2013

Click here to find out more about the RESNA Conference >>


Include 2013

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2-3 July 2013, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China
Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design

Organised by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Hong Kong Design Centre and the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Click here to find out more about the Include 2013 Conference >>


ATiA 2014 Orlando Call for Presentations

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ATiA Call for Presentations:  Submission Deadline June 21, 2013

Announcing the Call for Presentations for ATIA 2014 Orlando (January 29 – February 1, 2014).

Click here to find out more about the ATiA Conference  >>


Training

IDeA Center

The IDeA Center is now offers courses as part of its online continuing education program.
Click here to find out more about the courses offered by the IDeA Center >>

Other Organizations

Accessibility Online

Accessibility Online represents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network (DBTACs) and the US Access Board. The program includes a series of free webinars and audio conferences on different topics of accessibility. Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics concerning accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation.

Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS)

Ongoing (check website for course availability)

Online