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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Presentation to tout universal design for single-family homes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10/8/2013  10:20:00 AM
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Presentation to tout "universal design" for single-family homes

The Northwest Universal Design Council will host Lynette Evans and Monika Weiss of AFriendlyHouse.com, a San Francisco-based company that promotes Universal Design, aging in place, home safety, and livable communities, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Seattle Municipal Tower, room 4080, 700 5th Ave. (5th & Columbia), Seattle. The meeting is open to the public.

Interior designer and journalist Evans and marketing director Weiss will focus on lessons learned in promoting incorporation of universal design concepts for single-family homes—both new construction and remodels. Universal design is a concept of designing the built environment to be both aesthetic and usable by everyone, regardless of their age or ability.

Following the presentation, local universal design advocates will talk about their experiences. The panel is comprised of architect Emory Baldwin (FabCab and ZAI inc.), realtor and business owner Tom Minty (John L. Scott and Able Environments), and remodeler Michael Tenhulzen (Tenhulzen Residential Design Build). In addition, there is opportunity for full group discussion and networking.

For more information, please e-mail Aging and Disability Services planner Irene Stewart at irene.stewart@seattle.gov.

The Northwest Universal Design Council (NWUDC) promotes incorporation of universal design principles, products, and processes in the built environment so that all people can "live actively by design," regardless of age or ability. For more information, visit www.environmentsforall.org. The NWUDC is supported by the Seattle Human Services Department/Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County (www.agingkingcounty.org).

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