Conference Program

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Universal Design Conference –
Day One: Monday 17 May 2021

9:00 Opening Housekeeping and Welcome: MC Ms Michele Barry
Welcome to country
9:20 Official Welcome  (speaker tba)
9:30 Keynote:  Five Pillars of Inclusive Smart Cities
James Thurston, Vice President Global Strategy, G3ict
10:30 Break
11:00 Mobility Scooters In the Wild: Users’ Resilience and Innovation.
Theresa Harada, University of Wollongong
Holiday Parks Access Project – Lake Macquarie City Council.
Garry Ellem, Holiday Parks Coordinator, Lake Macquarie City Council


Interoception as a universal design for learning strategy to support well-being and engagement in learning in education for all children and young people.
Emma Goodall. Manager Disability & Complex Needs, Department for Education South Australia

11:20 Creating communication accessible public transport services for everyone, everywhere, everyday.
Jacob Matthew, Communication Access Mentor, Scope (Aust)
Sarita Slater, Communication Access Consultant, Scope (Aust)
Accessible Events – A Multi-dimensional Approach to Temporary Universal Design.
Tina Merk, Engineer, Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, UAE.
11:40 Cheating in the universe of access: social change with tech tools.
Raewyn Hailes, Access Coordinator, Central Region, CCS Disability Action
It’s the little things that count: A case study of an age and dementia friendly streetscape.
Guy Luscombe, Principal, Systems Architects


Table Topics during Lunch:
Everyone, Everywhere: Exploring the interface of Communication Access for People with Communication Disabilities with the Principles of Universal Design.
Georgia Burn, Jacob Matthew and Keara Quadros, Scope (Aust)

When it is not legislated: How can we improve access and inclusion in public toilets?
Katherine Webber, Consultant

Inclusive Design: An International Case for Good Design and Good Business
Jenna Mikus, PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology

Walking tour Guy Luscombe (registration required)
1:30- 2:15 Panel Session: The State of Play for Inclusive Tourism
 Martin Hen, Accessible Travel Manager & Editorial Adviser, Lonely Planet
– Nicole Healy, Senior Research Officer -Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy, VIC Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
– Sarah Seddon
Moderated by: Margaret Kay
2:20 Making a Place for Joy… How the design of the built environment determines happiness and quality of life as we age.
Ryan Loveday, Director, Fulton Trotter Architects
Community-based Studios for drawing Students’ Awareness of Universal Design Principles.
Hing-Wah Chau, Academic Teaching Scholar, Victoria University


Know your users, meet their needs, and enable them to thrive (with some help from ISO Standards)

Emily Steel

2:40 Design Matters to make well spaces.
Michael Walker, Principal Advisor Universal Design, Victorian Health and Human Services
How to best teach Universal Design to design students at TAFE? A presentation of results; regarding teacher and coordinator recommendations, new ideas and potential new projects.
Bec Renton, Health and Science Research Student, Deakin University
3:00 Break  
3:30 TBA Aligning enabling environments for people with autism and dementia within universal design
Terri Preece, Environmental Design Consultant, Dementia Training Australia, and
Shelly Dival, Autism Design Specialist, Enabling Spaces.
3:50 Housing older Australians: wants, needs and innovative inclusive approaches.
Kelli Dendle and Guy Luscombe, Principal, Systems Architects
Different Buildings for Different Minds – Designing spaces and places for autism while creating truly inclusive communities.
Shelly Dival, Autism Design Specialist, Enabling Spaces
4:10 From niche to mainstream: local government and the specialist disability housing sector.
Linda Martin-Chew, Senior Strategic Policy Planner, City of Whittlesea, and
Rosie Beaumont, Metro Access Officer
Sensory Spaces.
Jack Mulholland, Metro Access Officer, Maroondah City Council
4:30 Altering Housing DNA– the Lifemark story Helen James, Sales Manager, Lifemark. Mainstreaming visual contrast in built, transport and information environments for everyone, everywhere, everyday.
Penny Galbraith
, Galbraith Scott
5:00 DAY ONE close  






Universal Design Conference –
Day Two: Tuesday 18 May 2021

8:45 Welcome
9:15-10:00 Keynote: Debunking Myths Around Ageing and Work
Professor Philip Taylor, Federation Business School, Federation University Australia and Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick
10:05 TBA
10:30 Break
11:00 Access and Inclusion in Public Toilets: Impacts on social and economic participation.
Katherine Webber, Consultant

 Workshop – 11:00 to 12:30:

Reframing Universal Design: Creating Short Videos for Inclusion Flash Talk & Panel Session

Workshop presenter: Dr Janice Rieger, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology.


11:20 Easy English:  A critical addition to Universal Design for Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday.
Cathy Basterfield, Consultant
11:40 Australia’s slap on the wrist: United Nations recommends mandated access in all new and modified housing.
Margaret Ward, Co-Convenor Australian Network for Universal Housing Design
12:00 Designing for All – Cross Cultural Considerations.
Geoff Barker, Principal, PM&D Architects
12:20 Posters and visit to ATSA Expo
Understanding the differences among Universal Design and Inclusive Design implementation: Context of Indonesian Public Library
Gunawan Tanuwidjaja, PhD Candidate and Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology.Designing Thriving Environments for Older Adults to Design Thriving Environments for All
Jenna Mikus, PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology
12:40 LUNCH
1:40 Universal Design and Playspaces ‘from Concept to Completion’.
Evan Wilkinson, Regional Coordinator, Sport and Recreation Victoria
2:00 Everyone Can Play; Collaboration from Commencement to Implementation.
Fiona Morrison, Director Open Space, NSW Department of Planning
Universal Design and Adaptive Technology, a discussion on the barriers to using adaptive technology and possible future design solutions from an Occupational Therapy Perspective.
Hana Philips, Occupational Therapist, Swinburne University

Universal Design – Who? Where? When?
John Evernden, Access Consultant, Accessible Public Domain


User Centred Design in the Built Environment
Evaluating Support, Technology and Built Design in Housing for People with Disability and Complex Care Needs
Rebecca Jamwal, Research Fellow, Summer Foundation

Evaluating Universal Design of Built Environments: Stakeholder practice and perceptions
Valerie Watchorn, Lecturer, Deakin University


Moderator: Geoff Barker

2:20 Universal design in local government: participatory action research findings.
Adam Johnson, Edith Cowan University
2:40 Inclusive Town Project
Nikki Williams, Senior Inclusive Communities Officer, City of Greater Bendigo
3:00 Break
3:30 Promoting and Implementing Universal Design: A Government Perspective
James Thurston, Vice President Global Strategy, G3ict
Fiona Morrison
, Director Open Space, NSW Department of Planning
Michael Walker, Principal Advisor Universal Design, Victorian Health and Human Services
4:30 Announcement
4:45 Conference Close


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