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Transportation and Communities 2018: Academy Edition ● September 13 - 14, 2018 at Portland State University
In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we’re trying something a little different. Instead of brief sessions that introduce you to a topic– we will be offering fifteen half-day workshops that focus on skill building and providing the tools to apply the latest research to practice. These will be hands-on, immersive learning experiences in a small classroom setting. Hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. Supported by our U.S. DOT grant-funded consortium: the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).

⇨CLICK HERE TO REGISTER⇦ This event is a la carte, and pricing is per workshop. You may attend as few as one, or as many as four workshops. Questions? Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu.  Let us know if you’re a student interested in volunteering, and we’ll be in touch later this summer.
  • Half-Day Workshop (general admission): $95
  • Half-Day Workshop (student rate / elected government officials rate): $50
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Friday, September 14 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
Integrating Universal Access and Equity into Pedestrian Planning and Design

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The safety, comfort, and accessibility of the pedestrian realm of our cities is improving slowly, though unequally. Improving the streets for pedestrian access is not just about adding or widening sidewalks; there are a wide range of design solutions to improve access, safety, and experience. Increasingly, cities are making investments to fill sidewalk gaps, improve ADA compliance, install pedestrian-activated signalized crossings, construct streetscape improvements, and build trails.

This workshop will consider not only how to achieve pedestrian infrastructure, but how to do so using the dual lenses of equity and universal accessibility. Through exercises and storytelling, we will probe at how to integrate pedestrian safety, equity, and accessibility at each of the the phases of project development, from planning through design to construction. As a way to frame the conversation, Amy Parker will facilitate a simulation exercise that allows participants to experience different abilities by using a low vision simulator, blindfold, or wheelchair, and observe how this affects their experience of the environment. The workshop will then consider how this experience relates to a framework for design, inclusion, and equity and different phases of the project development process. We will consider case examples of what’s working, and missed opportunities, in practice.

  • Tangible experiences of differently abled people moving through the city that will provide essential perspective for all designers, planners, and leaders
  • Insight into how to recognize decision points in the project development life cycle, to apply the lenses of equity and universal access
This half-day workshop is eligible for 3.5 hours of professional development credit through AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

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Marisa DeMull

Engineer, Alta Planning + Design
Marisa Trujillo DeMull holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Portland State University and a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. With a background in programming, planning, and engineering, Marisa strives for an inclusive and equity-focused... Read More →
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Katie Mangle

Principal and Vice President, Alta Planning + Design
A keen observer of the built environment, Katie Mangle has been shaping smart, effective and local solutions for neighborhoods and cities for the past 18 years. Her work has consistently demonstrated how active transportation systems support healthy lifestyles. Katie leads the planning... Read More →
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Amy Parker

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Portland State University, O&M Program
Amy Parker, EdD, COMS, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program in the Special Education Department. In 2009 she completed her doctorate in special education, with an emphasis in deafblindness and a certification in orientation and mobility... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 9:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA