UniversALL Design 2020 Symposium: Register Now

On March 30-31, 2020, the Page Foundation will host UniversALL Design 2020, an experiential symposium focused on building inclusive communities across all environments: physical, digital, social, and attitudinal. UniversALL Design 2020 will feature multiple speakers, panels, and experiential learning activities for participants to gain personal knowledge of challenges many face accessing and engaging in public spaces.

The conference will explore how to create empathetic and facilitative environments that work for all people, regardless of age, background, and ability. By convening experts from different fields and backgrounds to share their knowledge, UniversALL Design 2020 will help attendees’ flex and strengthen their empathy skills and provide them with a framework to apply and model these capabilities in professional contexts and their personal lives.

Keynote speakers Magda Mostafa, Hansel Bauman, Chris Downey, and Gordon Hartman bring internationally recognized expertise in planning, designing, and championing accessible spaces for all individuals:

Cairo-based Magda Mostafa, PhD, whose award-wining research on inclusive design has been widely published, is setting new standards for designing facilitative environments for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Mostafa is Associate Chair and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University in Cairo and a Special Needs Design Associate at Progressive Architects and Co-Director of Education on the UNESCO-International Union of Architects.

Hansel Bauman is a nationally recognized leader in the field of DeafSpace Architecture. He is the Gallaudet University Architect, Co-Director DeafSpace Institute and adjunct faculty at Gallaudet University. Bauman is the author of DeafSpace Design Guide, a catalogue of more than 100 architectural patterns attuned to deaf linguistic, cognitive, and cultural ways of being.

Nationally recognized expert in accessibility and universal design, Chris Downey is an architect and lecturer at the University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design. Downey has served on the California Commission on Disability Access since 2013 and is a member of the board of directors for the Lighthouse for the Blind, a San Francisco center providing rehabilitation services to help the visually impaired live independently.

Gordon V. Hartman is the founder of San Antonio-based Gordon Hartman Family Foundation and Morgan's Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park. The Foundation supports the programs, projects, and collaborative efforts of Bexar County area non-profit organizations that provide direct services for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities.

UniversALL Design 2020 is a progressive event that will be held in multiple venues along Austin’s downtown Second Street District to raise conference attendee awareness about how environments can foster community access, participation, and inclusion for people of all abilities. Experiential activities will include Archer’s Challenge, an opportunity to explore the Second Street District from a wheelchair to gain an understanding of the challenges in accessing public spaces. ­­­­To learn more about the event, click here.