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Shifting Your Perspective: Experience and Plan for Accessibility Challenges

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Hudson Valley Community Center (formerly the JCC)

110 South Grand Ave.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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Shifting Your Perspective: Experience and Plan for Accessibility Challenges

We are all aware of the need to ensure development projects meet accessibility standards for those with physical disabilities. But what is it really like to have impaired mobility, hearing or vision? How does that translate to the experience of someone navigating the everyday world around them? According to the Social Security Administration, 1 in 5 Americans live with disabilities. That’s 56 million people. And although some people face these challenges from birth, many of us will eventually age into them with the onset of certain conditions such as cataracts, hearing loss, and reductions in mobility that accompany aging. Additionally, some may experience disability temporarily, such as after knee replacement surgery or when recovering from an injury. It is in everyone’s best interest to plan for accessibility.

Join us for this opportunity to shift your perspective and think differently about what it takes to cross a street, use a sidewalk, or open a heavy door while managing a physical disability. Then learn what to look for when reviewing site plans to make sure that these challenges are minimized to the greatest extent possible. This course will cover both the obvious and not-so-obvious elements of accessible site planning.

The evening will be broken down into two segments:

  • Experiential – The first hour of the program will be spent outside experiencing sensory and ambulatory challenges in the real-world environment. Participants will take turns using wheelchairs, canes and blindfolds, sound suppressors, and special vision-altering goggles while traversing a typical built environment with sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs, doors, etc. These activities will take place indoors in the event of inclement weather.


  • Site Planning – The second hour will be spent reviewing elements of a site plan that can pose a challenge depending on someone’s abilities. Find out what to look for on a site plan, from things you may already be thinking about such as ramps, to less obvious challenges such as a circuitous sidewalk or poorly-marked crosswalk. Learn how to ensure that projects being built in your community are seamless in their accessibility for people of all abilities.


LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE — Due to the hands-on nature of this course, registration will be limited to 55 people. Register early to guarantee your spot!



Date: Thursday June 8th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (light supper at 5:30pm)
Where: Hudson Valley Community Center (formerly the JCC), 110 South Grand Ave, Poughkeepsie NY
Cost: $5.00 includes program and supper. Pay at the door via cash, check, or voucher.

Please Note this course is not being held at our standard location.


Speakers:

Patrick Muller, Program Director, Taconic Resources for Independence
Jeanine Byrnes
, MHIS Program Director and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Community Liaison, Taconic Resources for Independence
Mary Beth Bianconi, Partner, Delaware Engineer


Board members may be eligible for two (2) hours of required training credits.


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