Symposium and Workshop


2013 Symposium and Workshop

April 11 through April 13
San Francisco State University

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Post-Symposium & Workshop REVIEW:

Thursday, April 11th, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, SFSU J. Paul Leonard Library LIB 121 (Reception, 5:30-6:30 PM) The SYMPOSIUM was a FREE public event that included keynote addresses and panel discussions from leading design professionals, disability advocates, agencies and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The Symposium featured a Keynote address from Ms. Elaine Ostroff, Founder and Founder of the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston and Director of the Access to Design Professions Program which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Office of Accessibility.

Symposium Participants, Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Friday, April 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, SFSU J. Paul Leonard Library LIB 121. The WORKSHOP was structured as an Inclusive Design Charrette, involving a diverse team of design professionals; facilitators; faculty and students. The Workshop included hands on Inclusive Design Thinking presentations, activities and exercises for the student participants, based on the principles of universal design. Students with disabilities had the opportunity to work directly with local designers and design students, including current and former design students with disabilities. The workshop theme focused upon an Inclusive Design Overview and Assessment of the newly renovated University Library and the University Quad/Student Center Environmental Landscape.

Workshop Program Schedule:
I): MORNING Session (9:00 – 12:00 PM) addressed accessible interior environments and work/study spaces in the newly renovated University Library in regards to Inclusive & Accessible Information Design Signage and Wayfinding Applications.


III): AFTERNOON Session (2:00 – 5:00 PM) addressed exterior environments and leisure study and recreational spaces in regards to designing a Table/Bench Design unit for the University Quad/Student Center Environmental Landscape area.

Saturday: April 13th — “SNEAK PREVIEW” 9:30 – 11:30 AM Jack Adams Hall, Chavez Student Center & 12:30 PM, DAI Department, Fine Arts Bldg, FA 151 Graduate Studio Space
• Design Charrette “Community” Presentation & Showcase
• Learn about Design Majors and Degree Programs
• Design Education & Career Path Evaluation

Architectural rendering of SF State Library
Architectural rendering of J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.

Design at SF State

The objectives of the Access to Design Professions Program (ADP) in post-secondary schools is to support the recruitment of people with disabilities into careers in design. The current new ADP projects for the AY 2012-2013 invited a wider audience that included other design professions as well as architecture. They include landscape, interiors, industrial design, graphic design, web design, textile design, information design, CAD, drafting, etc. The 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.

Design Majors


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.

View full video playlist for 2013 ADP


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