IHCD to Sponsor Educational Sessions at the 4th Annual MEDED Facilities

Start Date: 
Apr 4, 2017
End Date: 
Apr 5, 2017
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Fourth Annual MEDED FacilitiesBoston, World Trade Center - April 4 & 5

Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) to Sponsor Educational Sessions


ADA Standards for Accessible Design:

What Medical Centers Need to Know

Presenters: Kathy Gips, Director of Training

                     Stacy Hart, Technical Assistance Specialist,

                     IHCD's New England ADA Center

Drawing from our work with Boston-based medical centers, we will discuss key aspects of the ADA Standards that are confusing or often overlooked. Do you know which of the following needs to be wheelchair accessible: sinks in exam rooms,  sinks in cafeteria kitchens, sinks in laboratories and/or sinks in employee break areas? Do all single-user toilet rooms need to be accessible or just a percentage? We will review the U.S. Access Board's accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment and the Department of Justice's guidance for design of medical facilities.

Human-Centric Lighting: What does it mean and how do we provide it in practice?

Presenter: Patricia Rizzo, MSc, IES, LEED AP

                     Senior Lighting Applications Developer

                     Lighting Solutions and Services (LSS)

                     Philips Lighting Research North America

Human-centric lighting is lighting devoted to enhancing vision, wellbeing and performance individually or in some combination. As such, human-centric lighting must consider the effects of light exposure on both visual and non-visual aspects of human physiology in a lighting design - and lighting design is increasingly called upon to support circadian, or non-visual, needs for users across societal segments. Home or hospital, office or classroom, recognition that disruption of 24hr rhythms can impact mood, alertness and performance presents new challenges to development and deployment of lighting systems. The awareness and scientific evidence that people need the right light at the right time for their health and wellbeing has grown considerably in recent years. As such human-centric lighting starts to play an essential role in creating environments that look beyond illumination. This presentation will look at the broad umbrella of human-centric lighting, explain circadian light, show examples of application techniques, and look at the tools and technologies available to support both.

Welcoming campuses: Wayfinding that Works for Everyone

Moderator: Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, IHCD

Presenter: Ruth Super, Associate AIA, LEED AP

                   IHCD's Universal Design Wayfinding Specialist

During a time when attracting students and cultural, gender and social divisions are pressing issues in higher education, wayfinding often takes a back seat  or is an afterthought in the design of a campus or facility. Super, IHCD's Universal Design Wayfinding Specialist, will present on how a multi-sensory approach to the design of a comprehensive wayfinding system can go a long way in setting a welcoming, inviting and user-friendly tone.  By balancing extensive research with a focus on design decision-making she shows how to achieve design that not only facilitates learning, but design that also communicates that all students, staff and visitors are welcomed and supported. Super's session begins with a look at the wayfinding needs that are innate in all of us. It focuses on the different audiences and their journeys through facilities, laying out the design and behavior issues that need to be considered, including planning for arrival, orientation on site, exterior wayfinding, interior wayfinding, and user participation in facility design, and more.

Comprehensive Analysis of Accessibility Compliance as a Tool for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Two Case Studies

Presenters: Valerie Fletcher, IHCD Executive Director

                     Neda Norouzi, B.Env.D, M.Arch, MURP, PhD

                     Campus Design and Planning, Virginia Tech

The 'new normal' includes a higher proportion of atypical students who may be older, international students or immigrants, veterans, have families, and are more likely to pursue an education that is a hybrid of traditional live classes and distance learning. At the same time, the prevalence and profile of disability in college and university communities is changing. Staff and faculty have a higher proportion of people over 55 and students with disabilities are predominantly presenting - whether disclosing a disability or not - with brain-based conditions or chronic health conditions. "Just tell me what I have to do" isn't enough.

Fletcher will use a case study of a comprehensive consultation in Atlanta to illustrate how to:  

  • Understand current expectations for public and private entities under ADA, Fair Housing, and state accessibility codes.
  • Understand the value of considering compliance as a floor and committing to  enhanced usability and inclusive design to improve performance and well-being for everyone.
  • Learn to unravel the distinct challenges of evaluating "program accessibility" as the means to prioritizing facility renovations.
  • Appreciate the multiple strategies that make sense for evaluating accessibility for the out of doors.
  • Learn to assess how to plan for building organizational capacity that will support reliable performance after the consultation is completed.