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U.S. Access Board Hosts Virtual Event on Architectural Trends and Social Justice

November 15, 2021

Karen Braitmayer

The U.S. Access Board hosted the virtual public event “Designing for Inclusion: Architectural Trends and Social Justice” last week on November 10. Board Member Karen Braitmayer reviewed current trends in architectural design for toilet rooms, lavatories, adult changing tables, self-service transaction machines, wayfinding, dining surfaces and tables, and accessible routes, including those that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She highlighted aspects of those trends that advance equity and inclusion and discussed design alternatives to trends that are not fully accessible to all. Board Training Coordinator Bill Botten moderated the session with questions from members of the public during the event.

recording of the session is available on the Board’s YouTube Channel. Presentation materials are available in PDF (6MB) format.  

The Board will also conduct a webinar on architectural trends on December 2 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (ET) as part of its monthly webinar series.  Presenters Bill Botten and Juliet Shoultz will review recent design trends that affect accessibility, such as touchless controls and dispensers, sidewalk dining areas, social stairs, high-top tables, and smart environments, among others. Visit AccessibilityOnline for more information or to register for the webinar. All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits.