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  1. October 27, 2018, at the SUNY Oswego Syracuse Campus (2 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13202) Employers are increasingly expecting recent design graduates to know and apply principles of accessibility in the workplace, while colleges and universities are under pressure to be more inclusive. Inclusive design is a familiar term to design educators, but many faculty professionals and academics remain unsure about to embed inclusive practices into their courses and assignments. This one-day symposium will explore how to address these emerging issues in our teaching. We encourage all participants to come willing to share materials, resources, and ideas they have experimented within their own classes including first-year experiences and the graduate level. This Design EDU Roundtable series highlights local knowledge and expertise while exploring the opportunities and challenges of teaching design in Upstate New York. Each roundtable event is a one-day symposium designed to emphasize dialogue and collaborative problem-solving. Educators at all levels (K-12, Undergraduate and graduate) and graduate students are invited to participate. Call for Proposals: Designers and educators are invited to submit proposals for roundtable discussions relevant inclusion (and exclusion) in design education Educators whose proposals are accepted will be asked to frame a topic/conversation in a ten-minute presentation, and to moderate a subsequent 30-minute discussion/activity. We plan to have 4-5 discussions throughout the day. Attendees will participate in all discussions. Possible proposed topics include (but are not limited to): How do you deal with discussions of access, disability and other touchy topics in a classroom? How can a design classroom address the needs of students with cognitive disabilities (providing concrete strategies for how you work with them in the classroom?) Where and how should questions of access be dealt with in design curricula (Foundation level? Advanced special topics)? Can you offer specific assignments or case studies that you use in your teaching? Do you know of historical models of access that are pertinent to the design classroom? Teaching in other countries? Where/how do we need to bring in experts from other fields and disciplines to provide the breadth and depth our students need to be successful? What examples of inclusive design or beautiful accessibility should we share with students to inspire and model good practices? What resources are missing or need to be created to support design faculty? Proposal format: Interested in leading one of these discussions? Submit your short proposal (100-200 words) describing the accessibility-related topic that interests you and the questions you would like to use to guide the discussion using our submission form. Proposals will be accepted through September 20th. AIGA Upstate New York Design EDU Roundtable Practices in Inclusion/Exclusion October 27, 2018, at the SUNY Oswego Syracuse Press release Practices in Inclusion_Exclusion_8_15.pdf
  2. On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Design Incubation and AIGA/NY hosted a panel discussion and workshop titled, Designing for and Teaching Accessibility. Guest speakers included Elizabeth Guffey, professor of Art History at SUNY Purchase, and author of Designing Disability: Symbols, Spaces and Society (Bloomsbury, 2017); Bo Campbell, Interaction Designer and Accessibility Design Lead at IBM; Neil Ward, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Drake University; and Liz Jackson, founder of Girl with the Purple Cane and the Inclusive Design Network. You can access a draft of the Accessibility Guide.pdf here. Bo Campbell welcomes any feedback. We would like to continue the discussion here, offer feedback on the event, and consider some of the following topics: How are accessibility and universal design included in the design process? What are things that you as a designer currently do, or want to do, to address the challenges people with disabilities have when using things you design and produce? As a design educator, how do you integrate accessibility and universal design into your teaching and instruction? Please join us in this discussion to further the universal experience people have with design.
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