Drawing from years of experience navigating barriers in the social, cultural, and built environments as a person with a disability, this episode will focus on the importance of engaging people with diverse lived experiences at the outset of the design process as a step towards adopting a more inclusive approach to the built environment. By introducing the concept of disability-led design and incorporating lived-experience examples, this webinar further elucidates the power that is traditionally embedded and distributed within the creative process and intends to advocate for people with disabilities to be seen not just as end-users of design, but as drivers of design. The added context of a global pandemic brings new issues for safe accessible design to the forefront. Surfaces that require physical contact can no longer be used in the same way, but the sanitation of such surfaces can be a complicated issue. These are situations that the health community and society as a whole need to consider and tackle to keep everyone safe in all current and future health crises.
Presenter: Darby Lee Young, Level Playing Field