Australian Universal Design Conference 2018

The 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference was held in Brisbane on 4-5 September 2018. The theme was, “Home and Away: Creating inclusion everywhere”.

Download the Word document with the program chart that has the links to the presentationsSome presentations also have transcripts from the live captioning.

Abstracts for concurrent sessions including posters are available for download in Word.

Biographies for concurrent session speakers are available for download in Word.

Biographies for keynote session speakers are available for download in Word.

With more than 120 attendees, five countries present and five Australian states represented, it was a very successful Australian Universal Design Conference. The atmosphere was abuzz with like-minded colleagues catching up and new friendships forming. We were welcomed by Meaghan Scanlon, Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, and Neroli Holmes, Acting Anti-Discrimination Commissioner. The conference opened with Nicki Hutley, who gave us the benefit of her years of research and declared that everyone benefits from inclusion both economically and socially. Lots to think about when it comes to self driving cars and Amy Child covered some of the many aspects to consider. Here are some of the slides from concurrent session speakers on day one:

Thea Kurdi from Canada –  Living in Place: Who are we designing for?

Lorraine Guthrie from New Zealand – Accessibility Charter for Canterbury: Collaborating to go beyone compliance

Michael Small – Developing the conditions to support a universal design approach

Emily Steel – Universal Design in social policy: Addressing the paradox of equality

Tom Bevan – Case Study: Accessible beaches for all.

Here are a few pictures from the event.