Meet Our Speaker
AIA, Director of Design Consulting, University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center)
Part 1: This is Universal Design
This presentation introduces viewers to the definition of universal design. It invites participants to think differently about design to improve human performance, health and wellness, and social participation of a diverse population through eight goals of universal design. It will discuss the beneficiaries of universal design, beyond people with disabilities, and briefly describe the differences between universal design and accessibility. Finally, it will discuss the benefits and business case for universal design and provide resources for implementing universal design.
Part 2: A Guide to Universal Design Education Online
This presentation will introduce viewers to the Universal Design Education Online (UDEO) learning platform. Developed by the University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center), this online learning platform is designed for architects, planners, builders, contractors, advocates, occupational and physical therapists, policy makers, and anyone interested in the universal design of places, products, and systems. The platform also provides reading recommendations for further learning on universal design. This presentation will guide viewers through the various online course types and other resources available.
Jonathan White has worked for the University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center) since 2007 and is a licensed architect in the State of Ohio. He believes that built environment must respond to everyone’s needs, allowing all people to be independent and self-sufficient. His experience and (extreme) attention to detail make him an expert in accessible and universal design. Jonathan helps create a more inclusive world by meticulously evaluating any building or design for barriers to independence, developing practical and elegant solutions, and passing along his knowledge to others through books and lectures.