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Webinar : Design for One is Design for All: The Past, Present and Future of Universal Design for Aging

When: July 19, 2018
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View


1 unit EDAC continuing education, 

1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar



This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


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.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the limitations of specialized design and technology, and differences between those strategies and universal design;
  • Be able to apply the Principles of Universal Design as a strategy for design for aging across all scales of physical design;
  • Learn how digital technologies are changing the way we think about design;
  • Understand how digital technologies embedded in physical design can achieve the promise and potential of universal design;
  • Understand how designing for individual users can achieve universal design. 


Presenting Faculty

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.


Did You Know?

* Many attendees of The Center for Health Design webinars have inquired about IDCEC approval so they can earn ASID, IIDA, and IDS CEU’s. We have looked into this and unfortunately, the cost to upload courses to IDCEC is simply too high for The Center at this time.

You can still earn credit for attending our webinars by requesting an attendance verification certificate. To obtain a certificate, please contact Natalie Gonzalez, Project Manager, ngonzalez@healthdesign.org.

For further details about how to self-report CEUs to IDCEC, please CLICK HERE.