The Centre of Excellence in Universal Design invites you to the launch of the Council of Europe report “Achieving full participation through Universal Design” (Main Conference Room, Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. Thursday 1st October, 2009).
This launch is being held as part of Positive Ageing Week (Friday 25th September to Saturday 3rd October) and the UN International Day for Older Persons.
Universal Design is a strategy for making environments, products, information and communication technology and services accessible and usable by everyone – particularly people with disabilities, older people and people of different sizes.
This book outlines the European position on Universal Design, makes recommendations to government on its implementation and provides examples of good examples from around Europe.
A panel of experts will discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing Universal Design in a range of projects and situations.
Date: 9:30pm – 1:30pm. Thursday, 1st October, 2009.
Location: Main Conference Room, Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.
09:15 –10:00am Welcome and opening
Minister John Gormley T.D. Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (TBC)
Maire Hoctor, T.D., Minister of State with Responsibility for Older People, Department of Health and Children (TBC)
TBC, Chairperson, National Disability Authority
Angela Garabagiu, Council of Europe
10:00 – 10:45am “Achieving full participation through Universal Design”
Mr Jean-Marie Vanhove, Flemish Agency for disabled people, former Chair of the Committee of Experts on Universal Design
10:45- 11.00am Coffee break
International Perspectives and Good Examples
11.00am – 1:00pm
(TBC) “Norway: Universal Design as an overall strategy”
Olav Rand Bringa, Consultant, The Ministry of Children and Equality, Norway
(TBC) “Greece:” Constantine Stephanidis, Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete
(TBC) “Spain: ”Cristina Rodríguez-Porrero, CEAPAT
(TBC) “USA: ”Peter Blanck, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
Spaces for this launch are strictly limited. RSVP to Linda Rowan at firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +353 (0)1 608 0456 and include any dietary or access requirements