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Universal Design & Pedestrian Wayfinding Forum (February 27)

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The principles of Universal Design can be applied to urban environments to make public spaces usable and inviting. Urban designers apply a variety of tools to help pedestrians determine where they are and where they need to go to reach their destination. These tools, known collectively as “wayfinding,” have adapted to incorporate new technologies and design methods. When designing and improving public spaces, considering and understanding the wayfinding needs of all, including people with disabilities, is essential for inclusion.

Wayfinding will be the topic of the next Northwest Universal Design Council Forum on Thursday, February 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes reception room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave, in downtown Seattle). At the forum, design and planning professionals will be joined by community representatives on a discussion panel. The discussion will center on best practices and lessons learned from recent wayfinding projects, the wayfinding needs of people with disabilities, and how wayfinding can be improved through Universal Design.

The forum is free and open to all! Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP at

For City Hall access information, visit Real-time captioning will be offered during the program.

The Bertha Knight Landes Room’s assisted listening system includes a hearing loop. Individuals who wear T-coil equipped hearing aids or Cochlear implants can switch to T-coil mode when the forum program begins. For others with hearing impairment, assisted listening devices will be available at the door.

To request other disability accommodations or further accessibility information, contact Jon Morrison Winters at 206-684-0654 or at your earliest opportunity.

The Northwest Universal Design Council is grateful for the forum co-sponsors and partners including Age Friendly Seattle, the King County Mobility Coalition, Aging and Disability Services, and the Seattle Human Services Department, as well as our panelists from Applied Wayfinding, Lighthouse for the Blind, Seattle Department of Transportation, Sound Transit, and Washington State Deaf-Blind Citizens.