Assoc Prof Lisa Stafford‘s presentation is titled, “Where are all the children? Positioning children, young people with a disability and their families in the universal design agenda”.
Synopsis: Much of the discourse around universal design assumes an adult perspective and consequently children are left out and become invisible in the designs. Lisa argues that we must include children, including those with a disability and their families if we are to truly be representative in our policies and practices in universal design, and not consider them as an afterthought.
Edited transcript of Bec Hoand Justine Perkins presentation.
Synopsis: Including children with a disability in outdoor play is possible with some careful design planning. All children benefit from learning through play and using outdoor activities to socialise and interact with each other regardless of their level of capability. Bec and Justine provide insightful case studies and an overview of the Touched by Olivia Foundation.
Richard Bowman adopts an alien excluded perspective to outline the issues associated with the design and auditing of slip resistant facilities. He says that slips are often misreported and thus overrepresented as a cause of falls, where many such falls are not necessarily associated with slippery surfaces. There are many factors to consider in preventing slip-initiated falls and not all of these can be captured in an industry standard. Cleaning materials and wear and tear over time all contribute to the complexity of the challenge of providing adequately sustainable slip resistant inclusive access.
Abstract: The Goldilocks principle dictates that liveable housing should have flooring that is just right. In terms of slip resistance this means not too slippery and not too rough (so as to be difficult to clean or likely to cause stumbles). This enlightened view runs contrary to some safety experts, who simply believe that specifying greater slip resistance is the effective panacea. People want to live in safe homely environments, not with senselessly mandated semi-industrial flooring. Continue reading Slip Resistance According to Goldilocks
Geoff Barker’s presentation highlights the importance of community engagement and involvement. Using a case study of a project in the Northern Territory with the local Aboriginal people he shows how careful planning, and involvement in all stages from initial concept to implementation, is important for the success of a project.
Transcript from the live captioning of Guy Luscombe’s presentation.
Guy outlines his research in Europe which included engagement with older residents in care settings and found some unexpected results. He was looking for innovative buildings for housing and care for older people. Large windows was an unexpected finding and he goes on to discuss why this might be one of the most desirable features, among others, for older people.
Synopsis: Dr Craddock’s presentation covers the importance of using consistent terminology when discussing and researching aspects of universal design and supports the use of the term “universal design” as defined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Also essential to the ongoing success of universal design is finding champions within government and industry. Continue reading Universal Design as a Public Good: can it deliver?
Embracing the whole mosaic that forms society, Ireland’s story
This is an edited transcript from the live captioning of Dr Ger Craddock‘s keynote presentation made on the second day of the Australian Universal Design Conference held at the Sydney Town Hall in August 2104. He explains how the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design was set up in 2007 and the progress made to date. He showcases how a dedicated centre can promote the principles, provide information and educational guidance, develop appropriate standards and be a driving force for inclusion.
Synopsis: Dr Craddock outlines some of the challenges and successes of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Ireland. He explains the establishment of the Centre and its position within the government framework. He highlights the work they have carried out since its inception seven years ago and some of the key documents that have helped inform their work. Much of the Centre’s work has been engaging with stakeholders to develop many standards and guidelines, promotional material, educational packages, and award programs. Continue reading Ger Craddock’s presentation of the UD Centre in Ireland