Upcoming keynote for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3

Monday, November 29, 2021

Chris DowneyDecember 3 this year is International Day of Persons with Disability, and the University of Waterloo is hosting a special keynote address by Chris Downey.

Downey is an award-winning architect who, in 2008, unexpectedly lost his sight. As profiled in January 2019 on 60 Minutes, Chris’ life was transformed, but so was his professional practice.

Today, he helps designers innovate with people with disabilities in mind, but also makes a strong case that designing for and with people with disabilities improves everyone’s experience, a fundamental principle of universal design.

Register for the upcoming keynote address on the event page at Accessibility at Waterloo.

Created by the United Nations in 1992, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The theme for the 2021 International Day of Persons with Disability is leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.

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