Building a more inclusive city is a design opportunity. Join us for a day of ignite talks and critical discussions presented in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Disabilities to explore the barriers that make cities inaccessible and the innovations that promote intentional user-focused design.

Moderated by Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.


  • Keira Gwynn, Designer, R82 Scallop
  • Kat Holmes, Founder, KATA
  • Elise Roy, Inclusive Design Strategist
  • Patricia Moore, President, MooreDesign Associates
  • Kleo King, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disability
  • Alex Elegudin, Co-founder of Wheeling Forward
  • Luke DuBois, Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Cooper Hewitt Lab: Design Access is a free programming series taking place in the first two weeks of February 2018, activating the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery as a collaborative space for learning and experimentation through interactive activities, workshops, discussions, and more for visitors of all ages and communities. Presented in partnership with New York City’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, collaborators include the San Francisco-based studio Creative Growth, Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab, Google, Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD, and ReelAbilities Film Festival.