Building a more inclusive city is a design opportunity. Join us for a day of ignite talks and critical discussions presented in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Disabilities to explore the barriers that make cities inaccessible and the innovations that promote intentional user-focused design.
— Cooper Hewitt - Designing Accessible Cities Symposium

Last week I attended this design seminar at Cooper Hewitt, and I found Patricia Moore of ‎MooreDesign's talk to be the most interesting for our Special Needs population. I can't say that this has short-term relavancy for our population, but it did open me up to integrating our population with "other" populations including wheelchair, Veteran, elderly, artist, and others. 

The entire morning session is here on YouTube and Patricia's talk starts at 48:00. Speakers in order were:

  • Keira Gwynn, Designer, R82 Scallop
  • Kat Holmes, Founder, KATA
  • Patricia Moore, President, MooreDesign Associates
  • Elise Roy, Inclusive Design Strategist

The afternoon panel conversation was “Designing Accessible Cities”, and it was moderated by Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and the panel included:

 

  • Keira Gwynn, Designer, R82 Scallop
  • Kat Holmes, Founder, KATA
  • Patricia Moore, President, ‎MooreDesign Associates
  • Elise Roy, Inclusive Design Strategist
  • Kleo King, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Alex Elegudin, Wheeling Forward
  • Luke DuBois, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

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