intensely interesting people

The list of speakers and session leaders is growing. Universal Design Today: Live & Learn speakers, session leaders, and project designers are passionate, diversely qualified, and totally committed to helping others design for maximum potential. They are inspiring placemakers and user experience (UX) experts in many different industries.

Martin Keller, Ph.D.
Superintendent, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

Dr. Martin Keller grew up in an all deaf family of ten. His personal experience further informed by 20 years in education as both teacher and administrator drives his tireless work to remove barriers for ALL students.

Martin Keller, Ph.D.
Superintendent, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
Dr. Elizabeth Berquist, CAST
Faculty, Towson University, UDL Cadre Member

Liz is an award-winning teacher who works with school districts, institutes of higher education and foundations such as the Gates Foundation to make their learning meaningful, authentic and relevant to every learner.

Dr. Elizabeth Berquist, CAST
Faculty, Towson University, UDL Cadre Member
James Hubbard, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD)
Senior Design Advisor, Products and Services

Co-Chair of the world’s first standards on Universal Design for Energy and Tourism suppliers, promotes accessibility through embedding a Universal Design approach.

James Hubbard, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD)
Senior Design Advisor, Products and Services
Brittany Perez OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA)

Product usability expert and contributor to research activities of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT).

Brittany Perez OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA)
Jordana L. Maisel, Ph.D.
Director, Research Activities, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), Co-Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD)

Urban planner focused on UD, Visitability, policy and planning issues related to inclusive housing design, ad international accessibility standards and research. She recently completed an issue paper on Visitability for AARP.

Jordana L. Maisel, Ph.D.
Director, Research Activities, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), Co-Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD)
Charlotte Wade
Board President, RL Mace Universal Design Institute

Wade is a writer and community volunteer in areas of Universal Design, social justice, seniors services, and affordable housing. She's also President of the Board of Directors of the RL Mace Universal Design Institute.

Charlotte Wade
Board President, RL Mace Universal Design Institute
Susan Duncan, R.N.
Founder, principal of the ABCs of Accessibility® Inc

Susan combines extraordinary depth of experience as a Registered Nurse and designer to assist thousands in building and modifying homes to create options, independence and improve quality of life.

Susan Duncan, R.N.
Founder, principal of the ABCs of Accessibility® Inc
Marcelo P Guimaraes, Architect
Associate Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; Executive Director, ADAPTSE

Diretor of the ADAPTSE Lab and Professor of Architecture at UFMG in Brazil. He holds a PhD in Design at NCSU and a Master Degree in Architecture at SUNY - Buffalo.

Marcelo P Guimaraes, Architect
Associate Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; Executive Director, ADAPTSE
Rebecca Recco, Apple's WV Distinguished Educator
Artist, Teacher, and Radio Personality

I work with elementary kids to help them discover that they can think creatively and make cool stuff while learning how to navigate the world around them.

Rebecca Recco, Apple's WV Distinguished Educator
Artist, Teacher, and Radio Personality
Carol Smith, IBM
Senior Design Manager, IBM Watson

Business-minded designer. Speaker & #UX organizer. Passion: Data informed decisions, feminism, kids, healthcare.

Carol Smith, IBM
Senior Design Manager, IBM Watson
Dave Marra, Apple
Apple Senior Systems Engineer

Dave's specialty areas include digital multimedia, Internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. He's a favorite speaker among educators and computer associations across the US and Canada.

Dave Marra, Apple
Apple Senior Systems Engineer
Louis Tenenbaum
Contractor, Advocate, Founder HomesRenewed™

One of the first contractors to dedicate his remodeling business to aging in place in the early 90s, Louis became curious why such a good idea had so little traction in the marketplace.

Louis Tenenbaum
Contractor, Advocate, Founder HomesRenewed™
Sally Swanson, AIA
Principal, CEO of Sally Swanson Architects

Sally Swanson Architects has over 30 years of global experience in providing Universal Design solutions within existing civic, institutional, and educational environments.

Sally Swanson, AIA
Principal, CEO of Sally Swanson Architects
David C. Brown
Home Matters, CEO and National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA) Executive Director

Dave leads this group of housing pros and visionaries focused on fundamental challenges – health, education, public safety, the economy and individual success – all have a common denominator: their connection to Home.

David C. Brown
Home Matters, CEO and National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA) Executive Director
Marc Ellison, Ph.D.
Director, West Virginia Autism Training Center
Marc Ellison, Ph.D.
Director, West Virginia Autism Training Center
Will Kurlinkus, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma

Engaging new media, rhetoric, technical communication, and design, Will's research aims to democratize technology & improve how designers and users communicate—from web UX, to hospital forms, to digital writing classrooms.

Will Kurlinkus, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma
Rodney Harrell, Ph.D.
Director, AARP Livable Communities

Rodney focuses on innovative livable communities research, policy analysis, and solutions to support independence, aging in place, and engagement in community civic, economic, and social life.

Rodney Harrell, Ph.D.
Director, AARP Livable Communities
Allison Posey
CAST

Allison helps others enhance learning opportunities through design of learning environments that support the brains's emotion networks.

Allison Posey
CAST
Sarah Halstead Boland
Create West Virginia

Sarah is a social entrepreneur and designer of workforce programs, community/economic development strategies, communication strategies and co-working spaces.

Sarah Halstead Boland
Create West Virginia
Richard Duncan
RL Mace Universal Design Institute

A UD original G, one of NAHB's Icons of the Industry and leader of the RL Mace Universal Design Institute.

Richard Duncan
RL Mace Universal Design Institute
Mark Derry
Eastlake, Derry and Associates, LLC

Independent Living Hall of Famer, Mark assists designers, businesses, associations, and programs with incorporating Universal Design principles to achieve full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Mark Derry
Eastlake, Derry and Associates, LLC
Krista Bryson, Ph.D.
Write Good

Rhetorical scholar & social entrepreneur, Krista helps clients understand the power dynamics embedded in economic, cultural, social, and political spheres. She helps us understand and mediate regional identity constructions.

Krista Bryson, Ph.D.
Write Good
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