Registration is now open for the 2013 Universal Design Conference presented by Thrivent Financial to be held on October 2-3, 2013. The Conference will take place at the Peter White Public Library in beautiful downtown Marquette, Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior.

The regional conference welcomes consumers, architects, designers, planners, developers, builders, contractors, remodelers, design students, housing agency staff, non-profit housing organizations, code officials, public health professionals and other related disciplines.

Universal Design is a superior approach to design and construction that is inclusive, attractive and never obvious, improving function and usability for everyone in homes, products, and communities.

Featured keynote presenter Cynthia Leibrock, MA, ASID, Hon. IIDA, is an award-winning author, international lecturer, lobbyist, and universal designer with over 30 years of experience. Her mission is to improve health, longevity, and life quality though universal design. Prominent clients she has collaborated with include: The Betty Ford Center, Toyota, and The Smithsonian National Design Museum including an exhibit with Julia Child. For twenty years, she has taught courses in the architecture department of Harvard University. Her keynote talk includes a virtual tour of her home which was recently on the cover of The New York Times.

Other information sessions include topics such as Inclusive Outdoor Recreation: Where and How-to; Comfort & Safety in the Home, Regardless of Age or Circumstance; Design Research on Aging Issues; Universal Design & Businesses: People, Products, Profit; ADA Title II: Design Challenges & Opportunities in State Government; Accessible Landscapes-the Private and Public Realm; Human Centered Design: Future Designers Gallery exhibit and talk; Indoor & Outdoor Assistive Technology Hands-on Demonstrations; and the Living Building Challenge: Socially Just, Culturally Rich & Ecologically Restorative.

Presenters represent non-profit and for-profit enterprises including the State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Kohler Design Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Sanders & Czapski Associates, Universal Design Partners, Northern Michigan University, Superior Alliance for Independent Living and the Marquette Access Group.

Conference details can be found online at or by calling the Peter White Public Library at 906-226-4318.

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