As the field of creative design adapts to the evolving needs of society, designers seek to accommodate those needs and to provide a comfortable & pleasant standard of living for all people. There exists a population among these people whose mobility is restricted as a result of a physical disability. We must consider the conditions and needs of those who are physically disabled and respond through our actions with design. But action starts with awareness. On Saturday, February 25th, from 11 AM-3 PM, the American Institute of Architecture Students at the University of Maryland will host a Universal Design Awareness Event, to raise student awareness about the lives of people who are physically disabled and consequently wheelchair-bound.
The event will be held in the Architecture Building Great Space. An open presentation led by guest speakers Cindy Buddington, Connie Caldwell & John Salmen will begin at 11 AM; they will discuss the experiences of living with a wheelchair and touch on the sensibilities of universal design and accessibility. The presentation will be followed by a light luncheon and an interactive wheelchair activity, limited to 20 students ($10 to participate). All interested students should contact the AIAS at email@example.com for more information or to sign up for the afternoon's activities.
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