This free training is for housing developers, architects and designers, policymakers - anyone who would like a greater understanding of residential design that anticipates and supports diversity of ability. Come hear about the demographic imperative to build and renovate for an aging population, people with a range of physical, sensory and cognitive conditions that are increasingly common, and benefit all residents. Practical examples from local to international will be shared. Participate in the discussion about what it will take for Massachusetts to be an innovative leader in inclusive housing.
The training will be offered by the Institute for Human Centered Design with support from the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance in collaboration with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Community Development and the Massachusetts Office on Disability.
9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Coffee
9:30 – 10:00 Why Universal Design?
Ronald G. Marlow Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity Administration and Finance
Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Housing and Economic Development
10:00 – 12:00 Morning Plenary – Demographics Challenge Design & Development Practices
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch (provided)
12:45 – 3:30 Afternoon Dialogue: We'll start with a global scan of both policies and practices for universally designed multi-family housing and how others have made a successful case for it. We'll move on to a dialogue about the opportunities, impediments and gaps in current resources needed to move forward in Massachusetts.