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Inclusive Design Panel: Beyond Accessibility & Across Industries

September 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Design informs our interaction with technology, the construction of cities, the aesthetics of a restaurant, the functionality of automobiles, and the processes by which businesses operate. Design permeates all industries and impacts our global ecosystem and everyday lives.

Over the years diverse approaches such as participatory, user-centered and transgenerational design have attempted to incorporate inclusive aspects to improve the lives of people, users, consumers, stakeholders etcetera.

Today practitioners of design are striving to create some of the most innovative and holistic products, experiences and spaces that elevate the standard of what inclusive design ought to be and offer to our beautifully diverse humanity and complex ecosystem.

We’ll explore the spectrum of ways in which inclusive design has shaped products, experiences and spaces of four unique industries and target elements of inclusion.

Free & open to the public. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

Panelist: Krystal Sarcone will be speaking on the role of universal design in the space of apparel consumerism for individuals with diverse health, function, and disability needs.

Panelist: Alex Laferriere will be discussing the historical references in film pertaining to the depiction of the deaf and/or sign language using characters and our subsequent understanding of this community.

Panelist: Jen Spatz will be speaking about her thesis work related to voice user interfaces and its user design, including verbosity and speed as well as the use of successive staccato sounds to improve navigation for visually impaired and blind community.

Panelist: Matt Flathers will be representing Project LET’S and discussing their advocacy work pertaining to inclusive spaces on campus for students with disability, mental illness or neurodivergence.


September 14, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Petteruti Lounge
75 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02912
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