Universal Design Conference
presented by Thrivent Financial
Universal Design features  a superior approach to design and
construction that is inclusive, attractive and never obvious, 
improving function and usability for everyone in homes, products,
and communities.

Conference Registration
Conference Schedule
Food & Lodging
Keynote Speaker
Cynthia Leibrock
Cynthia Liebrock, M.A. ASID
Easy Access to Health, LLC, Livermore, CO

Leibrock, is an award winning author, international lecturer, lobbyist, and universal designer with over 30 years of experience.  Her mission is to improve health, longevity, and life quality though universal design. Prominent clients include: The Betty Ford Center, Toyota, and The Smithsonian National Design Museum including an exhibit with Julia Child. For twenty years she has taught courses in the architecture department of Harvard University.  Her keynote includes a virtual tour of her home which was recently on the cover on The New York Times.  See her website at agingbeautifully.org.

Conference Presenters
Cori Bodeman
Corinne Bodeman, M.S. LEED AP
The Recess Group, Inc., Marquette, MI

Corinne Bodeman is a 30-year construction industry veteran providing technical knowledge to the architectural industry. A certified AIA Continuing Education provider, Corinne has significant experience in the environmental, code, specification, and construction communities.  Most recently, she has been involved in the Sustainable Design arena, where she has been developing a marketing program for a new black water recycling initiative. She has a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Illinois Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing a second Master's degree from San Francisco Institute of Architecture in the Economics of Sustainability. She is LEED accredited and a volunteer Ambassador for the Living Building Challenge. See
Eric Cadeau
Eric Cadeau
State of Michigan Deptartment of Natural Resources, Baraga, MI

Eric Cadeau is the DNR Parks and Recreation Division Planner for 12 counties in the Western Upper Peninsula. Eric is responsible for the planning, design, and implementation of improvements at State Parks, Recreation Areas, trails, harbors, and boating access sites. He is a Civil Engineering graduate from Michigan Technological University. For more information, go to  www.michigan.gov/dnr
Sharon Ellis
Sharon Alston Ellis, J.D.
State of Michigan, Lansing, MI

Sharon Ellis is the ADA Compliance Director for the State of Michigan.  She and her team work to ensure that all aspects of the State of Michigan are ADA compliant.  Sharon meets with disability advocacy groups to hear their concerns and inform them on how the State can address the issues.  Sharon joined the State of Michigan in 2012 as Director of Operations for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.  Before that, she spent 20 years as a political campaign consultant, advising clients running for public office.  A graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Sharon is a certified mediator, has practiced and taught law, and was a national speaker for a Fortune 100 company.  Find out more at www.michigan.gov/dmb
MAGBob Chapman & David Boyd, Ph.D.
Marquette Access Group, Marquette, MI

The Marquette Access Group is an organization of local residents dedicated to making life better for people of all ages and abilities by promoting Universal Design (UD).  UD refers to the creation of places, products and programs usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible as is, or with easy adaptation.
Peter Pless Peter Pless, MFA
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Peter J. Pless received his BFA in Product Design from NMU and MFA in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  He has worked for Scott Klinker Product Design, Blu Dot, and Marmol Radziner and Associates. See www.peterpless.com.  NMU’s Human Centered Design students develop and refine fundamentals of the design process while integrating concerns of contemporary culture such as ethics and sustainability. They use a variety of methods of visualization and realization through the exploration of materials, process and 3D modeling in conjunction with research of their personal interests of design. Students are encouraged to observe, critique and re-evaluate social norms and behaviors to develop new modes of living through the fusion of craft and technology resulting in experimental solutions to the needs of our contemporary society. See www.art.nmu.edu.

Superior Alliance for Independent Living (S.A.I.L.)
Sarah Peura, Director, Marquette, MI

SAIL is a non-profit federally designated center for independent living serving the fifteen counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. SAIL assists individuals with disabilities to break down barriers through participation, education and choice along with being advocates for universally designed communities that provide access for everyone.  See  www.upsail.org for more information.

Sarah PruettSarah Pruett, MOT, OTR/L, CAPS
Universal Design Partners, Harrisonburg, VA

Sarah Pruett, MOT, OTR/L, CAPS is a co-founder of Universal Design Partners, a universal design and accessibility consulting business in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is an occupational therapist with an expertise in physical rehabilitation, as well as a certified aging-in-place specialist with a passion for making homes and the community more welcoming for everyone. Along with her professional experience, she understands the personal side of disability as her husband has been using a wheelchair for almost 15 years due to two spinal cord injuries.  More infomation at www.universaldesign.org.

Scott Pruett
Scott Pruett, M.S. CTRS
Universal Design Partners, Harrisonburg, VA

Scott Pruett is a co-founder of Universal Design Partners, a universal design and accessibility consulting business in Virginia. He is a therapeutic recreation specialist with a Master's degree in parks & recreation management. He has nearly 15 years of life experience as a wheelchair user, due to two spinal cord injuries. His specializations include physical rehabilitation and adaptive program design.  Universal Design Partners' mission is to promote increased independence and quality of life for people of all abilities - at home and in the community - by helping implement universal design as optimally as possible into places, products, and programs.  Find out more at www.universaldesign.org.
Bill Sanders
Bill Sanders, ASLA
Sanders & Czapski Associates, Marquette, MI

Bill Sanders is a licensed landscape architect and has worked most of his adult life in downtown Marquette. He is a principal in the firm of Sanders & Czapski Associates; a design firm specializing in architecture, landscape architecture and historic preservation.  Bill has been responsible for the design of many public projects accross the Upper Peninsula and has a special fondness for public parks and trail projects.  Bill has been involved professionally and personally with a number of projects that placed special attention on universal access.  While employed by a previous firm, he designed the Landscape Master Plan and later the Therapeutic Garden for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan that was specifically designed around the needs of residents with accessibility challenges.  See www.sanders-czapski.com
Diana Schrage
Diana Schrage, CAPS, CAASH
Kohler Design Center, Kohler, WI

Diana Schrage is a senior interior designer for the Kohler Design Center, a Mecca for the latest innovations in kitchen and bath design located in Kohler, WI. See www.us.kohler.com/us
In her role, Schrage provides design services to homeowners building or remodeling their homes. She also partners with nationally renowned designers to develop intriguing vignettes for the Design Center’s mezzanine level of more than 20 bathroom and kitchen concepts.  Schrage serves as an expert and quoted spokesperson of kitchen and bath design trends for Kohler Co. She routinely hosts seminars and speaking engagements for a wide range of businesses and organizations.
PWPL Reference DeskReference Desk Staff
Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

The Reference department has several devices available to assist those with vision problems. The Adaptive Technology work station has a 24 inch monitor, speakers, headphones,  and adaptive technology software.  ZoomText 9.1 consists of two adaptive technologies—screen magnification and screen reading.  ZoomText allows you to see and hear everything on the computer screen, providing complete access to applications, documents, e-mail and the internet. JAWS (Jobs Access with Speech) allows users the ability to read the screen with text-t0-speech. There is also an Aladdin Rainbow low vision magnifying reader and Kurzwell Reading Edge reader which scans pages and reads them out loud.
Conference Schedule for Wednesday and Thursday, October 2-3, 2013

Conference Location:  
Peter White Public Library  See map.

For more information, please e-mail or call
Margaret Boyle,
Programming Coordinator. (906-226-4318)
$90 for two-day Universal Design Conference

$50 for Wednesday, October 2 only
$50 for Thursday, October 3 only
Student Fees $15 per day (full-time students)
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Kohler Universal Design Partners WLUC-TV6Sanders & Czapski Associates Dept. of Natural Resources
Northern Michigan University Living Building challenge Marquette Access Group WLUC TV6MI Dept. of Superior Alliance for Independent Living
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