The Museum Accessibility Consortium (MAC) and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, invite you to a Universal Design Workshop.

The seven guiding principles of universal design provide a philosophy and framework for creating inclusive and accessible places and experiences. Following a curatorial tour of Access +Ability, the workshop brings together educators, curators, and spatial and interactive designers to examine how exhibition developers have used Universal Design in their work for museums and sites of life-long learning.

2:00pm – 2:45pm – Cara McCarty, Cooper Hewitt’s Director of Curatorial and the curator of Access+Ability, will lead a tour of the exhibition.

3:00pm – 5:00pm A panel discussion and Q&A will take place and will focus on opportunities for Universal Design. Panelists include:

Steven Landau, Research Director, Touch Graphics
Sarah Litvin, Senior Education Associate for Exhibit Development, Lower East Side Tenement Museum (2008- 2013)
Paul Orselli, President and Chief Instigator, POW! and blogger ExhibiTricks
Phillip Tiongson, Interactive Designer and co-founder, Potion
Moderator: Barbara Stratyner, exhibition development consultant and author, outsidethemuseumblog

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.

Cooper Hewitt Lab Design Access is made possible by major support from AARP and Ford Foundation.