Stepping Thru: Accessible Environments as We Age

Session Title: Stepping Thru: Accessible Environments as We Age
Educational Track: Design
Session Code: SA0419
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
LU/HSW: 1.5 LUs/HSW

Now that the Baby Boomer generation is aging, we need to consider how this impacts our built environment –  this program provides an overview of design considerations and lighting which can easily be addressed now to not only allow us to age in place later but also to have others visit us whether they have issues concerning accessibility or aging, whether just slowing down, or have a more vigorous disability. The unique content of this session is more than just the minimum standards of technical accessible design, but rather good design practices and implementation overall. We will discuss common areas of concern and issues of aging and our built environment, including lighting and color, thru photographs of both good and more challenging examples of typical elements.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • List how different types of disabilities impact our navigation of the built environment,
  • Recognize those elements in buildings that impact and can be more of a challenge as we age,
  • Differentiate between items that can easily be implemented now for aging in place later,
  • Distinguish and identify different hazards to avoid in the built environment.

Content Leader:

Janis Kent, FAIA

Principal, Stepping Thru Accessibility, Long Beach, CA