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Room for All: Designing for Inclusion

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Belmont University Hitch Building Room 302

1928 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

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Room for All: Designing for Inclusion

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Hosted by Belmont University, O'More College of Architecture, Art & Design

Talk About Inclusion is a panel discussion that brings together designers and therapists in an engaging conversation about Inclusive Design: what it means, why it is uncomfortable, intimidating or misunderstood, in other words, why it is difficult to talk about, and why it is imperative that we talk about it. The impact designers have on the built environment is evident and experiential. Just as physical and occupational therapists address the specific needs of clients, designers are responsible for making environments that accommodate people, and not environments that reject people. This need exceeds legislation; it is an essential design problem that can and should inform good design. Sunny Rosenbalm founded a non-profit called Tucker’s House that brings together therapists and designers to modify the homes of children with various disabilities to improve living environments for them and their families. Sunny has a rich story, uplifting motivation, and a talent for bringing together diverse disciplines with a common goal. Sunny will be joined by physical therapist Sandra Zaccari, occupational therapist Dr. Missy Bryan, architect and interior designer Jayme Jacobson, (and hopefully a product designer! TBD)

Leading this panel discussion will be Finis Eliot, Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Belmont. Inclusive Design is a critical consideration for young designers, and Belmont faculty have recently partnered interior design students with OT students to learn from one another.

(https://news.belmont.edu/interiordesign-occupational-therapy-students-partner-to-improve-local-familys-home/)

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Finis Eliot (moderator)

Finis is an Interior Design faculty member at the O’More College of Architecture, Art and Design at Belmont. He has teaching experience in design and sustainability, and professional experience in urban and environmental planning with emphasis in concept development, community engagement, and human-centered design.

Sunny Rosanbalm

Sunny Rosanbalm is the Executive Director and founder of Tucker’s House as well as the grandmother of Tucker Rosanbalm, the inspiration for Tucker’s House. The journey of Tucker and his parents brought to light the huge need for families that have children with disabilities to make their homes accessible and therapy friendly. Sunny has 25 years of experience in construction management and architectural design

Sandra Zaccari

Sandra Zaccari is a physical therapist that works as an adjunct instructor in the school of physical therapy at Belmont. Additionally she provides services to children at High Hopes, Saddle Up and Tucker's House.

Missy Bryan

Missy Bryan, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, CPST, serves as assistant professor for the occupational therapy program at Belmont University. She has 20 years of pediatric occupational therapy practice experience in home health and outpatient settings. Missy's professional interests include the use of assistive technology to enable function, seating and mobility, safe transportation of children with specialized needs, and early power mobility.

Jayme Jacobson

Jayme Jacobson has extensive professional experience in the field of architecture and design. She currently teaches Interior Design courses at O’More College of Architecture, Art & Design at Belmont. She is a licensed architect, a LEED® accredited professional, NCIDQ certificate holder, and a member of the AIA.

Doug Regen

Doug has over 30 years of design and marketing experience as a former ad agency executive creative, designing for regional and national brands. Doug left his agency to pursue his dream of designing and constructing site-specific furniture that resides in homes and businesses throughout the South. He also teaches in the Interior Design and Art departments at the O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design at Belmont.

Parking Details: Curb Garage (#39 on parking map)

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