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2013 Access to Design Professions Symposium and Workshop

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Design and Industry alumnus at podium
The Access to Design Professions symposium and three-day workshop will promote universal and inclusive design principles to current and future students, support the recruitment of people with disabilities into design careers and promote interaction and understanding within the design fields. Keynote speaker: Elaine Ostroff, director, Access to Design Professions Program. Orientation: April 11, 2pm to 5pm. Symposium: April 11, 7pm to 9pm. Workshop: April 12, 9am to 5pm. Presentations and Department of Design and Industry Sneak Preview: April 13, 9:30am to 1pm. Free. Registration required.
J. Paul Leonard Library

Symposium: April 11, 7pm

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Learn how universal design pioneers and leaders have influenced and transformed their professions to attend to the needs of all people equally.

  • Elaine Ostroff photo

    Elaine Ostroff (Keynote speaker)

    Access to Design Professions Program

  • Patricia Moore photo

    Patricia Moore

    MooreDesign Associates

  • Susan Goltsman photo

    Susan Goltsman


  • Chris Downey photo

    Chris Downey

    Architecture for the Blind

  • Catherine J. Kudlick photo

    Catherine J. Kudlick

    Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

  • Ralf Hotchkiss photo

    Ralf Hotchkiss

    Whirlwind Wheelchair International

  • Dmitri Belser photo

    Dmitri Belser

    Center for Accessible Technology + Ed Roberts Campus

  • Erick Mikiten photo

    Erick Mikiten

    Mikiten Architecture

Workshop: April 11–13

Design and Industry Design Charette

Department of Design and Industry Professor Ricardo Gomes provides critical feedback for participants in the 2010 Parking Day design charrette at SF State. View more photos on Flickr.

The workshop will target prospective or current SF State students -- in particular, students with disabilities -- interested in applying to design majors. The workshop will include presentations, activities and exercises for the student participants centered around an inclusive design overview and assessment of the recently renovated SF State Library and the West Campus Green Park scheduled to open in March 2013.

Workshop Schedule

Thursday, April 11

Pre-Workshop Orientation
2pm to 5pm, J. Paul Leonard Library

Friday, April 12

  • Morning Workshop
    9am to noon, J. Paul Leonard Library
  • Brown Bag Seminar
    noon to 2pm, J. Paul Leonard Library
  • Afternoon Workshop
    2pm to 5pm, J. Paul Leonard Library

Saturday, April 13

  • Workshop Presentations
    9:30am to 10:15 am, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Jack Adams Hall
  • Sneak Preview Open House at SF State
    10:30am to 1pm, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Jack Adams Hall

Learn more about Sneak Preview for Fall 2013.

Agenda and Objectives

The purpose of the workshop is to promote universal and inclusive design principles to potential community college transfer, or continuing SF State students, in particular, students with disabilities, so that they may pursue applying to the design majors at SF State, such as:

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Individual and corporate donations requested for:

  • Workshop materials and supplies.
  • Facilitator and participant lunch.
  • Symposium reception.

About the Access to Design Professions Program

Access to Design Professions is a leadership initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with the goal to increase and support the participation of people with disabilities in the design professions. Current ADP projects focus on one or more of the following goals:

  • Teach people with disabilities about careers in design.
  • Recruit students with disabilities into post-secondary design education programs.
  • Develop professional interaction and understanding among design professors, disability services staff, career counselors, vocational rehab counselors and high school guidance counselors.

About the Design Center for Global Needs

Our mission is to enhance the curriculum development in the Department of Design and Industry, while stimulating the social awareness and responsibility of our students.

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