Creating Enabling Spaces

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, October 25, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

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Our housing, outdoor spaces, buildings and community infrastructure have not been designed to respect the needs and abilities across the lifespan. Planning for people of all ages and abilities is often left out of the process, or forgotten until the end of a project when it is too late. Simple changes at the beginning of a project can result in a good, accessible environment. Design which respects the age- and ability-continua can be used to enable citizens of all ages and abilities to function at their highest levels. This workshop will provide information on planning for accessibility and Universal Design, highlight two case studies using partnerships resulting in successful accessibility projects, and discuss resources available to communities when planning for accessibility.

Learning Objectives
•        Attendees will become familiar with what they might expect conducting a sidewalk inventory and creating their rights of way transition plan.
•        Attendees will gain an accurate understanding of what Universal Design is and is not – a common area of misunderstanding in our society.
•        Attendees will learn how partnerships can successfully be developed through two case studies: the City of Springfield’s sidewalk inventory and creation of a Public Rights of Way Transition Plan; and a universal design park charrette held in Blue Springs MO
•        Attendees will gain an understanding of a charrette as a resource and tool for creating enabling age-friendly environments and places.


Anne Marie Kinerk

Confirmed Speaker

Ann Marie Kinerk has over 30 years of experience in the affordable housing and construction industries. Her company focuses on providing services to the affordable housing industry and to neighborhood development organizations. She has facilitated Universal Design charrettes to help designers, developers and communities understand the principles of UD and ... Read More

Matthew Wright, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Matt Wright, AICP, is a Senior Planner for the City of Blue Springs, MO. Matt has a Bachelors in Urban Planning & Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas. Read More

Dawne Gardner, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Dawne Gardner, AICP is the Transportation Planner/ADA Coordinator for the Department of Public Works at the City of Springfield, MO. As the ADA Coordinate for Public Rights of Way, she has been charged with collecting a current inventory of all curb ramps and sidewalks and creating the City's ... Read More

Cathy Boyer-Shesol

Confirmed Speaker

Cathy Boyer-Shesol, MPA, is the Project Manager for KC Communities for All Ages, an initiative of the Mid-America Regional Council designed to help prepare the Kansas City region for the anticipated dramatic increase of older adults over the next century. She is an advocate for healthy aging-in community. Read More

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