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Universal Design for Public Programs Online Workshop (2012)

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Universal Design for Public Programs

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The workshop will focus specifically on the NISE Net’s Universal Design Guide for Public Programs. Workshop facilitators will give a brief introduction to the guide, look at some examples of universal design in programs from the NISE Net website, and will have an expert advisor on hand to answer questions. If you are interested in learning more about developing or implementing public programs (such as interpretation carts, stage demonstrations, and science theater) that are inclusive of the wide range of museum visitors, including those with disabilities then please join us. See the attached brief agenda for more detail.

We’re also testing out using the Adobe Connect online platform for short web-based trainings and conversations. This is a bit of an experiment, and we’ll be interested in hearing your take on the system!

What is Universal Design?
Universal Design (UD) is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

You can find and download the guide online at

Agenda at a Glance

  • Overview of universal design and universal design for learning in a museum context
  • UD Programs Concept 1 – Repeat and reinforce the main ideas and concepts
  • UD Programs Concept 2 – Make multiple entry points and multiple ways of engagement available.
  • UD Programs Concept 3 – Provide physical and sensory access to all aspects of the program

Resources and Recording

Two important notes: the captions start up at about two minutes in, so don't panic if you don't see them right away. The recording also stops midway through the "UD Programs Concept 3 – Provide physical and sensory access to all aspects of the program" section due to technical difficulties.