Conference Program

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Universal Design Conference –
Day One: Tuesday 12 May 2020

9:00 Opening Housekeeping and Welcome: MC Ms Michele Barry
Welcome to country
9:20 Official Welcome  (speaker tba)
9:30 Keynote:  Inclusive and Smart Cities
James Thurston, Vice President Global Strategy, G3itc
10:30 Break
11:00 Mobility Scooters In the Wild: Users’ Resilience and Innovation. Theresa Harada, University of Wollongong Community-based Studios for drawing Students’ Awareness of Universal Design Principles.
Hing-Wah Chau, Academic Teaching Scholar, Victoria University


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.
Georgia Burn, Communication Access Coordinator, Scope
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
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, Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre

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 Plenary Topic: Destination Visitable (more details to come)
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
Holiday Parks Access Project – Lake Macquarie City Council.
Garry Ellem, Holiday Parks Coordinator, Lake Macquarie City Council


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
Accessible Events – A Multi-dimensional Approach to Temporary Universal Design.
Tina Merk, Engineer, Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, UAE.
3:00 Break  
3:30 Accessible Housing: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement.
Kieran O’Donnell, Senior Project Officer, Australian Building Codes Board.
Different Buildings for Different Minds – Designing spaces and places for autism while creating truly inclusive communities.
Shelly Dival, Autism Design Specialist, Enabling Spaces
3:50 Housing older Australians: wants, needs and innovative inclusive approaches.
Kelli Dendle and Guy Luscombe
Co-ordinating environmental design for autism and dementia under the umbrella of universal design – the twain is finally meeting!
Shelly Dival, Autism Design Specialist, Enabling Spaces, and
Terri Preece, Environmental Design Consultant, Dementia Training Australia.
4:10 Supporting beneficial housing models in a dynamic disability housing market: a cross-sectoral response.
Linda Martin-Chew, Senior Strategic Policy Planner, City of Whittlesea.
Sensory Spaces.
Jack Mulholland, Metro Access Officer, Maroondah City Council
4:30 Altering Housing DNA– the Lifemark story Geoff Penrose, General 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: Wednesday 13 May 2020

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 Keynote: Universally Designed for Whom? Disability, the Law and Practice of Expanding the “Normal User” via videolink from Washington DC.
Associate Professor Paul Harpur, Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland
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

Inclusive Built Environment for Malaysian Heritage Mosque
Nur Amirah

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
Jen Barling, Access Consultant, Funktion

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 TBC
3:00 Break
3:30 Plenary panel session (TBA)
4:30 Announcement
4:45 Conference Close


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