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Is Diversity the New Normal? Find out at the UDHEIT Congress October 30th - November 2nd

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30/10/2018 09:18:16



From October 30th to November 2nd, the Technological University for Dublin Alliance partners: Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tallaght with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design and Canadian Partners: University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College, are hosting a four day congress in Printworks, Dublin Castle: Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation 2018.

This Congress aims to transform our world through celebrating and integrating all that is good in design, diversity and education. The themes and subject areas covered will capture the wonderful diversity of the community of practitioners in Universal Design and Higher Education - building on a strong foundation in research, policy and practice.

This exciting four-day event will bring together a global audience of hundreds from industry, education, Government and non-Government organisations to share their experience and knowledge.



According to Dr Larry McNutt, Registrar at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and co-chair of the Congress, "In all the social and public spaces, we inhabit including our Higher Education campuses we meet individuals whose needs are as varied and complex as their personalities. It has become clear that communities of siloed practices are limited and do not deliver for today's complex and diverse world. A vision shaped by the needs of the communities we serve can transform exclusive environments to inclusive, connected and engaged experiences for all. Universal Design provides us with a framework and an opportunity to re-imagine our policies, facilities, services and curriculum, guided by a collective wisdom that declares Diversity IS the new normal".

Dr Ger Craddock, Chief Officer, from the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design and Congress co-chair describes UDHEIT2018, at its heart as "a collective celebration of 'Good Design'". He went on to say that: "This Congress marks a moment in time, with each contribution reflecting the shared values and beliefs at the intersection of the fields of Higher Education and Universal Design. Harnessing this collective ambition is a potent resource with transformative potential, at a time when the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities clearly stipulates that the most effective way of delivering on the promise of an inclusive society is through a Universal Design approach".

A selection of photographs from the first day of the conference can be viewed in the slides below:






What our students say...

Monika Karaliunaite

"Basically the course covers everything to do with digital and online media. I had it as a hobby in sixth year but when I came here I learned so much more."

Monika Karaliunaite,
Creative Digital Media Student

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