Seattle Design Festival 2014: Community Mobility & Universal Design

The Northwest Universal Design Council and King County Mobility Coalition invite you to attend Community Mobility & Universal Design, a Seattle Design Festival event that will explore Universal Design principles that can enhance community mobility. The event will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (12:30–2:30 p.m.) at Seattle Public Library—Central Branch, Meeting Room #1, 1000 4th Avenue, in downtown Seattle, as part of the two-day SDF14 Conference.

In the context of the built environment and transportation, Universal Design principles promote systems that are designed to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life. From transportation services to Complete Streets, addressing the mobility needs of the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and children and youth—in a way that is appealing to all residents and visitors—ensures design and use that is equitable, flexible, and intuitive for all.

Community Mobility & Universal Design will include an open house/resource fair and presentations related to Universal Design and mobility. Tentative topics include:

  • Beyond ADA: Designing Transportation Systems for All Ages and Abilities
  • Street Smart: Complete Streets Ease Mobility for All
  • Advances in Personal Mobility
  • Livable Transit Communities: Transit Oriented Development, Equity, and Access

The program is free and open to the public. Land use and transportation planners, transportation service providers, individuals with special transportation needs, neighborhood and community activists, and anyone interested in design solutions to mobility challenges should plan to attend.

Each year, the Seattle Design Festival selects a thought-provoking theme. In 2014, the theme is "Design in Motion." The festival is a series of events running for two weeks in September. The two-day conference will highlight 20 programs—including Community Mobility & Universal Design—with panel discussions, lectures, workshops, and more—all free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

For more information, visit or e-mail Northwest Universal Design Council coordinator Irene Stewart at