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About UDIAThe Universal Design Initiative for Africans (UDIA) is an education and design nonprofit that aims to influence the culture of design in Africa through the practice of and advocacy for inclusive design in the design of spaces, products and services. UDIA seeks to create environments that welcome everyone across the spectrum of ability, age and culture and promotes the practice of Universal Design, a design process that takes human diversity into consideration and seeks to produce spaces, buildings, products or services which are usable by a wide range of persons regardless of their age, size, gender or ability. UDIA also analyzes new and existing spaces and products through the lens of Universal Design with the goal of seeking opportunities for features that will minimize functional limitations and support access, full participation and a sense of belonging while enhancing the experience of everyone. Learn more here.UDIA Stakeholder SeriesThe UDIA Stakeholder Series is an advocacy and education effort designed to ignite thoughts on how to promote the practice of Universal Design in Nigeria. Universal Design is a design process that takes human diversity into consideration and seeks to produce spaces, buildings, products or services that are usable by a wide range of persons regardless of their age, size, gender or ability.The current series will focus on the role of designers in inclusion – how to ensure that parity for individuals with or without disability is woven into the design process and promises to be a highly informative discussion. Date: Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (WAT)Location: Zoom (details will be shared with registrants)For more information and sponsorship please email: info@udiafrica.orgFacilitatorsAhmed El-Rida, design for ALL, LibyaTopic: Bridging Economic, Physical and Social Gaps through Design Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, Institute for Human-Centered Design, BostonTopic: Designing Environments for All About the FacilitatorsAhmed El-Rida Ahmed is an architect from Libya work as a Universal Access Consultant. He has keen interest in the area of accessibility for the past 30 years. He is graduate of the University of Benghazi (1987). Ahmed had focused his work on creating an understanding of a Design for ALL approach through his private firm ATTYSEER. ATTYSEER is the place where promoting accessibility and Design for ALL in Libya first started. He is also served as board member of Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES).He is also serving as Research adviser to Libyan Authority for Research, Science and Technology in the area of "Universal Design". Ahmed is appointed as the European Network for Accessible Tourism "ENAT" Contact point for Libya. He has been an accessibility consultant for some projects in Libya, Lastly the National Oil Corporation buildings project in BenghaziAhmed is member of UIA Architecture for All [AfA] Work Programme. Currently Ahmed works with CPABE Subject Matter Expert taskforce members working with IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) to streamline the Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) certification process, develop a dedicated Body of Knowledge to guide applicants in preparing for their exam, and scale the program for greater global impact.Valerie FletcherValerie Fletcher has been Executive Director since 1998 of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD). Fletcher writes, lectures and works internationally. She currently oversees projects ranging from the development of a new national website on accessibility and inclusive design in cultural facilities for the National Endowment for the Arts to a wide range of consultation and design services to public, and private entities in the US and globally. She created the IHCD User/Expert Lab which has over 300 people engaged in the evaluation of places, products and services. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for multifamily housing, healthcare, culture, workplaces, and the public realm. Fletcher’s career has been divided between design and public mental health and she is the former Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health where she oversaw the largest participatory planning process ever undertaken in a state mental health system. She was Principal of Fletcher Studio Design from 1978-1985.She has been a Special Advisor on Inclusive Design to the Open Society Institute and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She is on the North American representative on the Board of the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) in Japan. Fletcher has a master’s degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University. The Boston Society of Architects awarded her the Women in Design award in 2005. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Architectural College. Expected Audience• Architects• Civil and Structural engineers• Landscape Architects• Interior Designers• Urban Designers• Town Planners• Product/Industrial Designers• Professional bodies of fields in or related to the built environment• Lecturers and Students from design related disciplines.• Web designersSee you there!

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