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#SDF2015 DESIGN FOR EQUITY  |  SEPTEMBER 12-25

Block Party
Saturday, September 12 - Sunday September 13, 10am - 6pm
Occidental Park, 300 Occidental Ave S. 98104

PARK(ing) Day
Friday, September 18, 10am - 7pm
Citywide

Conference
Saturday, September 19, 930am - 6pm
Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Partner Programs
Daily
Citywide 

Closing Party
Friday, September 25
Surface Theory, 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 

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Saturday, September 12 • 10:30am - 11:45am
TOUR - Rolling Walkshop of Pioneer Square and International District LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

This session will leave you with a better understanding of the inequities of our built environment for people with disabilities. Whether you are in the design field, a planner, an educator, an advocate, or community member, you will experience first hand the challenges to get around as a person who is deaf, blind, or someone who has physical limitations. This unique walkshop showcases the Pioneer Square and the Chinatown International District neighborhoods and the opportunity to be more interconnected through the use of Universal Design principles, which include:
  • equitable use
  • flexibility in use
  • simple and intuitive use
  • perceptible information
  • tolerance for error
  • low physical effort
  • size and space for approach and use

In just over one hour, get a snapshot of large and small design elements that make walking and rolling nearly impossible for all ages and abilities to equitably use our transportation system. Join us as we collectively advocate for achieving a broader perspective to design and policy. Participants will also learn from the Seattle Department of Transportation’s ADA Coordinator about the City’s ADA Transition Plan and steps it is taking to ensure all places are safe, inviting, and accessible for people.

Tours have a limited capacity of 20. Reserve your spot using the RSVP link.

Location Details
The tour will leave from the outdoor plaza of the King Street Station (303 South Jackson Street) 


Program Partners
avatar for Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)

The mission of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.   Through neighborhood revitalization projects – providing culturally-competent senior services, affordable housing, property management assistance, economic development efforts, and hosting... Read More →
avatar for Lighthouse for the Blind

Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to blind people in our community since 1918.
avatar for Feet First

Feet First

Feet First, a Seattle-based non-profit, works to make our communities more walkable throughout Washington and encourages all of us to walk more. Places for people to walk matters. We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, reduce pollution, and avoid traffic. It’s also one of the best ways to connect with cool people and great places. Whether we are commuting to work or school, meeting friends, running errands, or... Read More →
avatar for Alliance for Pioneer Square

Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle. By fostering pivotal new programs and facilitating crucial neighborhood committee action, our district will continue moving towards a more vibrant and... Read More →
avatar for Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

University of Washington, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Established in 2014, the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) strives to promote independence, quality of life and inclusion for people with physical and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and input devices to existing technologies, and the promotion of accessible design practices in engineering processes. | Being part... Read More →
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Seattle Department of Transportation

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)  has a mission to deliver a first-rate transportation system for Seattle, with the vision of a vibrant city connecting people, places, and products. SDOT projects are selected and designed to integrally address the needs of all four modes of transportation (freight, pedestrians, transit, and bicycles) that results in a safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable transportation... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
King Street Station 303 South Jackson Street