Featured Presentation: Universal Design
Susan M. Duncan, R.N., Designer brings more than thirty-five years of hands-on consulting experience in virtually all facets of inclusive design and construction. She is the founder and principal of The ABCs of Accessibility®, Inc., established in 1978, dedicated to providing universal and accessible design consulting services to support the unique goals and needs of residential, public, and private sector clients.
Ms. Duncan combined her extraordinary depth of experiences as a Registered Nurse and designer to assist thousands of individuals build and modify homes to meet the overarching goals of creating options, independence and enhancing quality of life. Projects have ranged from multi-family housing, to modified and custom homes spanning the globe from Alaska to Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, to new hotels and transit systems.
Susan recently joined the Board of the R.L. Mace Universal Design Institute (UDI) to expand her commitment and passion for inclusive environments. Ms. Duncan taught a required course she developed, ‘Universal Design in Housing’ for the Interior Design program for Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA. Currently, she is a course instructor on Home Modifications and Ethics for the University of Southern California (USC) online Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program.
Susan is an executive producer of an award winning educational video series on accessible design and construction for living environments. Susan has also invented and patented the Visualizer® Set, a space planning design tool, which is specifically intended to reflect movements of people using a wheelchair and similar mobility equipment.