The Institute of Texan Cultures would like to extend an invitation for you to join us Wednesday, October 27, for the Smithsonian Affiliations/American Association of Museums “Universal Design: Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act” webinar, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Institute, 801 E. Durango Blvd. in San Antonio. Details follow. Any questions, please let me know. Thanks. - JMB
Universal Design: Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act webinar, Oct. 27
The Institute of Texan Cultures will be the local host for the “Universal Design: Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act” webinar sponsored by Smithsonian Affiliations and the American Association of Museums, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Accessibility Program.
The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for museum peers to become more aware of issues affecting museum accessibility and to share their mutual concerns, both online and in person.
“Beyond ADA” refers to how universal design philosophy suggests a more holistic approach to designing environments well beyond ADA compliance requirements. The webinar speakers will surpass basic ADA building issues like ramps and accessible bathrooms in order to focus on accessible strategies for exhibitions and programs that address cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities.
Presenters include Beth Ziebarth, director of the Smithsonian’s Accessibility Program;
Valerie Fletcher, executive director of the Institute for Human Centered Design; and
Mr. Ray Bloomer, director of Education and Technical Assistance for the National Center on Accessibility.
The onsite gathering at the Institute of Texan Cultures complements online content. Locally, attendees can discuss common problems and issues around this topic, and collectively find creative, cost-effective solutions that benefit a city’s cultural environment as a whole. Facilitators at the Institute include Beverly Brown, assistant director of Disability Services at The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Roy Garza, senior project manager with Facilities Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Universal Design: Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act webinar is produced by Smithsonian Affiliations and the American Association of Museums, through the generous support of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.
12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27 – Bring a brown-bag lunch!
Webinar: 1 – 2:30 p.m.; Discussion: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Institute of Texan Cultures
UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Durango Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205
Parking: Limited free parking is available in front of the institute. A paid city lot is available immediately adjacent to the property.
$15 per person, payable on-site the day of the event. Reserve your space by calling 210-458-2213. For additional information, visit TexanCultures.com.
James M. Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist
Institute of Texan Cultures
UTSA HemisFair Park Campus
801 East Durango Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205-3209
W. (210) 458-2237 C. (210) 347-9786
E. email@example.com Web: TexanCultures.com