The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced Dr. Elizabeth Watson will serve as keynote speaker for the associations’ Summer Conference, to be held in downtown Indianapolis, June 1-4. Watson will address the future of ADA principles and design. Additionally, AAMA will be introducing a new app, offering several optional events for attendees and announcing this year’s scholarship winners.
In her presentation, “Moving from ADA to Universal Design: A Road Map,” Watson will cover designers’ and manufacturers’ desires to move to the next level of inclusion, using the principles of Universal Design (UD). She will focus on creating a workflow for integrating UD principles and design into products.
Watson has worked with people with disabilities for more than 24 years and has specialized in higher education for the past 14. She currently serves as the director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin.
A new feature at this conference will be the introduction of the AAMA app, which will soon be available for both Apple and Android devices. Members are encouraged to download this app prior to the event as a way to keep up-to-date, as well as gain access to the conference schedule, agendas, map and more. Details about the app will be presented to attendees during the opening general session, and a representative will be on hand to answer questions.
On Sunday, before sessions begin, several events will be open to attendees, including a visit to the famed Indy Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame museum. A golf tournament will also take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, or attendees can see the Indianapolis Indians, a minor league baseball team, play at Victory Field in the afternoon. A welcome reception will follow all events Sunday night at 5:30 p.m.
Later in the week, this year’s AAMA scholarship winners will be announced and recognized during lunch on Tuesday, June 3.
AAMA members can save $50 by registering online. The cut-off date for hotel reservations is May 14. After that date, rooms will be confirmed on a space-available basis and the special reduced group rate of $149 (plus 17-percent tax) may not be available. This rate includes in-room internet access.