Universal Design Principles (two part Education Series) – presented by Ania Sousa, ARIDO

  • Published on: Oct 23, 2023

As part of our current Strategic Plan, ARIDO is bringing our members opportunities to foster community and reinforce ARIDO’s value to you.

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The Education Subcommittee is pleased to bring you a new offering of education focused workshops on diversity and equity learning, with a goal of fostering community by empowering members like you to be advocates for diversity and inclusion.

This two-part series will focus on Universal Design principles and break them down into practical examples which you can employ in your daily design practice. Please note attendees must attend both sessions.

Dates: Thursday, November 9th and Thursday, November 16th
Times: 12 noon – 1 PM EST
Platform: Zoom
Recorded: Yes with Q&A portion at end

Registration fee (Includes both sessions): Virtual Individual $35 + HST | Virtual Group: $75 + HST

CEU Credits: 2 Health & Safety credits - Proof Provided after event

Part One | November 9th - What is Universal Design and why is it important?

  • difference between Universal design and Accessible design
  • benefits of Universal Design
  • 7 principles of Universal Design
  • how is it implemented?

Part Two | November 16th - How do you get clients to buy in to Universal Design?

  • strategies for overcoming challenges
  • benefits to the client
  • ROI for Universal Design
  • future of Universal Design

If you have questions or require an accessibility accommodation, please contact

Presenter: Ania Sousa, ARIDO

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Meet Ania Sousa, ARIDO, a Registered Interior Designer and the creative force behind Interior Design Hub Ltd. With a rich career in the public sector, Ania has evolved into a passionate advocate for inclusive and universal design. She's not just an Interior Designer; she's also a holder of the Rick Hansen Accessibility certification.

Ania's journey as an Interior Designer included over a decade at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she honed her skills, working on everything from space planning to transforming the way students experienced the institution. Her focus was on integrating universal and accessible design principles throughout her projects.

Now, as the founder of her own firm, Ania brings her expertise to a wide range of projects, with a strong emphasis on facility design and the implementation of Universal Design.

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