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Reflecting on Indigenous Peoples Day
Reflecting on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Read Time: 1.5 Minutes
This past Monday the SEGD staff celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day with many others across our country and the world. However we recognize that we should be bringing topics of Indigenous Peoples’ to the forefront year round. Here is a list of resources that we found provided some insights;

Recap: “Inclusive Design in Practice at the Smithsonian”
Recap: “Inclusive Design in Practice at the Smithsonian”
Wayfinding at Deloitte Montreal
Agile Wayfinding for Deloitte Montreal

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On the 32nd Anniversary of the ADA, Reflections by Margaret Drew, Mayer/Reed Designer
On the 32nd Anniversary of the ADA, Reflections by Margaret Drew, Mayer/Reed Designer 

Read Time: 3 minutes
I’m 3’6”. Life at this altitude has given me a unique perspective on the built world and inspired me as both a designer and an advocate for disability rights. For those of us in the design world, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a familiar standard; the civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and guarantees access to public and private places that are open to the general public. On July 26, 2022, the ADA celebrated its 32nd anniversary. This year, I turned 33. It’s humbling to know that I am the last generation born before this groundbreaking act was signed into law.  

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Seeing by Touch - Inclusive Exhibition
Seeing by Touch - Inclusive Exhibition

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2020 SEGDVoices: Inclusive Design in Practice at the Smithsonian Institution
2020 SEGDVoices: Inclusive Design in Practice at the Smithsonian Institution
Inclusive Experimentation, Hayley Walsh & Dan Cooper
Inclusive Experimentation, Hayley Walsh & Dan Cooper

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Inclusive, High Quality Decisions?  Macro/Micro Design Impacts within our Everyday Experiences
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Enhancing Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities

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On the 32nd Anniversary of the ADA
Margaret Drew of Mayer/Reed Reflects on the 32nd Anniversary of the ADA

"I was born with a rare form of Dwarfism called Kniest Syndrome. This year, I turned 33. It’s humbling to know that I am the last generation born before this groundbreaking (Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)) was signed into law."  

Mayer/Reed Creates Site Design with Sight in Mind
Mayer/Reed Creates Site Design with Sight in Mind

We marvel at the world as seen through the eyes of a child, one that is rich with imagination, explorations of nature and attraction to color. As the landscape architects on a collaborative design team for the Elks Children's Eye Clinic in Portland, Mayer/Reed considered environments for children whose sight may be limited. We asked, how could tactile qualities and perceptions of color help enrich their experience? How could we help to put children and families at ease as they approach the eye clinic for treatment?