partners, SPONSORS, EXHIBITORS

Universal Design Today's inaugural conference was a collaborative effort offered in partnership with PATHS, Create West Virginia and RL Mace Universal Design Institute.

We were united in asking the question:

How do we (re)create buildings, communities, learning places, programs and products to better meet needs of 21st century people?

We brought together a stellar mashup of practical information, creativity, research, and experiential learning driven by diverse users of places, programs and products together with current and emerging designers of the future.

Partnerships in Assistive Technologies, Inc. (PATHS) a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1996, supports West Virginians with disabilities through technical assistance, individual grants, educational and outreach, and other assistive technology (AT) services.  Universal Design is a key component of inclusive communities and PATHS is proud to be the main sponsor for the 2017 Universal Design Today conference.  In collaboration with subject matter experts and advocates, support organizations, business owners, makers and designers, this innovative, fun conference focuses on the most pressing issues facing the people and communities in our state and in our nation.
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Create West Virginia will celebrate of ten years of citizen-driven stewardship toward cultivating the five pillars of Innovation Economy throughout our state’s communities. This combined conference touches on all the elements of five pillars: diversity, education, entrepreneurship, quality of place, and technology. It will also mark the beginning of a national collaboration that aims to take Universal Design principles to Main Street, and to every classroom, and to the design benches of every developer, designer or tinkerer.  This will be the ultimate Quality of Place conference, showcasing design-driven housing and community development best practices, as well as entrepreneurship, education, and technology innovation brought to bear on the creation of places, programs and products that work for everyone, without special accommodations.
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The Ronald L. Mace Universal Design Institute is a non-profit organization based in North Carolina dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of accessible and universal design. The Institute's work manifests the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should and can be usable by everyone regardless of age, ability, or circumstance.

UDI's Better Living Design™Institute is a sensible design approach to improve how homes are designed, built and remodeled in America. The BLD Institute™ promotes, educates and encourages wide adoption of Better Living Design™ practices.
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sponsors

At American Bath Group, we believe that Made in America matters. When you choose Made in America, you’re not only supporting hard-working Americans and helping strengthen our economy, but you’re also benefiting from higher standards of workmanship and a commitment to building a better product.
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As a systems supplier, HEWI offers universal solutions for hardware and sanitary areas. A high degree of functionality, award-winning design, high-quality and intergenerational usability characterize the products. In this way, comfort, convenience and accessibility become natural givens.
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Häfele is both a manufacturer and a distributor, which gives us extensive reach and versatility. When we sense a demand for something new, we either create it or source it internationally. The drive to always think ahead is part of our corporate DNA. Our history has been shaped by visionary entrepreneurs whose innovative thinking has enriched all areas of our business. In fact, through the years we’ve pioneered many new industry standards, trends and best practices. Resting on our laurels has never been an option. We are always looking for ways to help our customers meet new challenges and capture more opportunities.
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McKinley & Associates is a full-service Architectural and Engineering firm that is headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia. Since opening our doors in 1981, we have designed educational, commercial/retail, warehouse, industrial, governmental and institutional buildings and have also completed historic preservation work.
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exhibitors

At American Bath Group, we believe that Made in America matters. When you choose Made in America, you’re not only supporting hard-working Americans and helping strengthen our economy, but you’re also benefiting from higher standards of workmanship and a commitment to building a better product.
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The new Comfort Designs brings together the experience and dedication gained in our thirty years of listening to the community and providing solutions. The product offering is expanded significantly to include cast acrylic and solid surface models. The AcrylXâ„¢ line is fully developed to include standard models that compliment the premium line of models Comfort Designs has been noted for. There are an array of models addressing every kind of project. Now there is one source for every need: Comfort Designs
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MAAX offers a broad range of bathtubs, showers and shower doors that provide the unique style, lasting quality and simple solutions desired by all our customers. By meeting rigorous quality and durability standards while offering a wide variety of product shapes, sizes, styles and prices, MAAX aims to be your brand of choice for bath products.
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Safe Accessible Bathing Solutions that empower people of all ages and abilities. A new collection of classically styled multi-piece showers & shower pans offers a realistic approach towards renovation. With a focus on accessibility, Renovative Bath Systems is designed for those who value independence in their lives.
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BrakTub is a revolutionary bathtub design that will give you more room and accessibility.Our patented tub has been re-shaped based on people standing in the tub. Since the bottom of the tub is flat, the sides are straight and with the “undercut” you can step out of your bathtub comfortably and easily.
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Häfele America Co. was established in 1973 to serve the growing U.S. home furnishings market. With a strong commitment to product availability and fast delivery, we maintain large distribution centers on both coasts. Our dynamic service network connects major U.S. cities, and our showrooms welcome industry guests in New York.
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As a systems supplier, HEWI offers universal solutions for hardware and sanitary areas. A high degree of functionality, award-winning design, high-quality and intergenerational usability characterize the products. In this way, comfort, convenience and accessibility become natural givens.
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Sparks@Play is making communities a better place through play. With expertise and a passion for Playgrounds, Parks and Sports Infrastructure, our team provides consulting, design, installation, construction and maintenance services to a wide variety of commercial and governmental clients.
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All throughout Huntington, there’s one company that provides exceptional products and service to those with accessibility needs: 101 Mobility Huntington. Owned and operated by Bob Murdock, 101 Mobility Huntington is proud to serve local seniors, veterans and anyone with limited mobility from our one-stop shop.
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D-C Elevator Company, Inc. has been providing unrivaled service and experience throughout the state of Kentucky and surrounding areas since 1977. Our clients depend on us for timely, expert maintenance, repairs, installation, and modernization.
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Plastic Safety Systems (PSS), located in Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures and markets innovative, cost-effective traffic control devices for temporary and permanent applications.
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Home Matters is a national movement that’s redefining the American Dream. We believe the New American Dream is one where every American lives in a safe, nurturing environment with access to quality education, healthcare, public spaces and community services.
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Better Living Design™ is a sensible design approach to improve how homes are designed, built and remodeled in America. The BLD Institute™ promotes, educates and encourages wide adoption of Better Living Design™ practices.
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With over 17 years of experience we have both the skills and expertise you need for those remodeling and repair projects at your business or around the house.LEARN MORE