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Specialized designs and technologies, often mandated by the ADA Accessibility Standards, are inadequate to meet the needs and abilities of older adults. In contrast, universal design is an appropriate, but underused strategy for design for aging. On the one hand, universal design is seen as merely another name for specialized designed, while on the other hand, it has been dismissed as an unattainable utopian panacea. This webinar will trace the history of universal design, from its beginnings as a utopian concept in the world of physical objects and spaces, to the struggle for attainment through the often times contradictory principles, to a practical reconceptualization in the world of emerging and evolving digital technologies. Come hear what universal design is and what it is not; why it’s potential to be a panacea for design for aging is unattainable in the physical world from which it emerged, and how it is poised to become a reality and fulfill its promise through the world of digital technologies.
Jon Sanford, M. Arch, is a Professor of Industrial Design the Director of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access in the College of Design, Georgia Tech
Jon Sanford, M. Arch, is a Professor of Industrial Design and the Director of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access in the College of Design at Georgia Tech where he is the Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge), a 5-year grant from the DHHS Administration for Community Living. Mr. Sanford is one of the few architecturally-trained researchers engaged in design for aging and is internationally-recognized for his expertise in universal design, accessible design and aging in place. He has over 300 scholarly presentations and publications and is the author of the book: “Design for the Ages: Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy”. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, has served on the boards of the American Society on Aging and the Center for Aging Services Technologies and recently served on an expert panel on Assistive Technology for the National Academy of Medicine.
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