Call for Presentations!

Today’s bonus post is a call for papers from my alma mater. We encourage the entire museum community to attend the conference, as it’s not just for EIU folks!
I’m hoping to attend, as it’ll be my 10 year reunion of sorts, although I live in Iowa and am presenting a photo preservation workshop for the Evanston (Illinois) Women’s Club that following Monday. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to survive all of the driving …but I’m sure as heck going to try!

Anyhow, on to the announcement:

Call for Presentations

Eastern Illinois University

Historical Administration Program Association

Symposium 2012

Universal Design in Museums, Archives and Historic Sites

April 14, 2012

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University defines Universal Design as, “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 may ask, “Isn’t ‘Universal Design’ just ADA accessibility?”  No, Universal Design goes beyond access for the disabled, though it is at the core of many of its principles. The principles of Universal Design are equitable use; flexibility in use; simple and intuitive; perceptible information; tolerance for error; low physical effort; and size and space for approach and use.*

How are the principles of Universal Design being incorporated into your institution?  With limited budgets, the need to compete with technology for visitor’s attention, a growing generation of children used to technology in learning and a generation of aging Baby Boomers, Museums, Archives and Historic sites need to use the principles of Universal Design as they plan new exhibitions, renovations, educational programs, and interactives.  But Universal Design in not just for our visitors; making the work environment more universal should also the goal of many institutions.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Leslie Mio for the Presentation Submission Form and return it to her by mail or e-mail no later than October 31, 2011.  Submitters will be notified by November 15, 2011 if their presentation has been accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Mio at ljsmio[at]yahoo[dot]com.

* For more on the principles of Universal Design:

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