Australian Universal Design Conference 2021

Banner logo for the conference.The 4th Australian Universal Design Conference was held in Melbourne 17-18 May 2021. The event was postponed from May 2020. Selected papers were published with the support of Griffith University in October 2020.

After the conference, most speakers agreed to share a PDF version of their presentation slides. There are several posts featuring individual presentations. 

You can also access these by downloading the Conference Program Grid. The speakers’ names have the link to their slides. 

Or you can access the PDF of the presentations and published papers by using the links below:

Left to Right: Stefano Scalzo, Michael Walker, Jane Bringolf
L to R Stefano Scalzo, Michael Walker and Jane Bringolf.

Welcome Address by Stefano Scalzo and his speech notes.

5 Pillars of Inclusive Smart Cities: James Thurston, Keynote Address.

James has a short video on this topic and you can access a full presentation from a previous conference which has captions. There is also the Smart Cities Toolkit to help organisations with digital transformation.

Access and Inclusion in Public Toilets: Impacts on social and economic participation. Katherine Webber. Published paper.

Accessible Tourism Panel Session. Nicole Healy.

Accessible Tourism Panel Session. Martin Heng.

Accessible Events: A multi-dimensional approach to temporary universal design. Tina Merk. Published paper. PDF is 10MB

Achieving visual contrast in built, transportation and information environments. Penny Galbraith. Published paper. 

Community-based studios for drawing students’ awareness of universal design principles. Hing-Wah Chau. Published paper.

Creating communication accessible public transport services for everyone, everywhere everyday. Georgia Burn and Jacob Matthews. Published paper.

Debunking myths around ageing and work. Philip Taylor, Keynote Address.

Design Matters to make well spaces. Michael Walker.

Easy English: A critical addition to universal design. Cathy Basterfield.

Evaluating support, technology and built design in housing for people with disability and complex care needs. Rebecca Jamwal.

From niche to mainstream: local government and the specialist disability housing sector. Linda Martin-Chew and Rosie Beaumont. Published paper.

Holiday Parks Access Project: Lake Macquarie City Council.  Garry Ellem

Inclusive Towns Project. Nikki Williams

Interoception as a universal design for learning strategy to support well-being and engagement in learning in education for all children and young people. Workshop with Emma Goodall. Published paper.

Is occupation the missing link to advancing the universal design of public built environments? Valerie Watchorn.

Emily Steel is pointing at the slide screen in her workshop.
Emily Steel in her workshop

Know your users, meet their needs, and enable them to thrive (with some help from ISO standards). Workshop with Emily Steel.

Making a place for Joy: How the design of the built environment determines happiness and quality of life as we age. Ryan Loveday.  PDF is 6MB.

Mapping how something gets built: Where and how can we embed universal design? Workshop with Virginia Richardson.

Mobility Scooters in the Wild: Users’ resilience and innovation. Theresa Harada. Published paper.

Sensory Spaces. Jack Mullholland.

Universal Design in local government: participatory action research findings. Adam Johnson.

For speakers who published papers but did not wish for the slides to be public, see the Griffith page for the papers that were published.