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City, AIAKC host forum to improve community accessibility

Architects, builders and engineers invited to share ideas at forum

The City of Kansas City, Mo., invites architects, builders, engineers and interested residents to attend “Enlightened Accessible Design,” a forum to discuss innovative ways to make Kansas City a more accessible community. This forum will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road, and is hosted by the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and the American Institute of Architects – Kansas City.

The forum aims to inspire Kansas City’s creative architecture, engineering and construction industry to share ideas to make the community more easily accessible for everyone, especially individuals with disabilities. The event features a lineup of national experts, successful case studies involving Enlightened Accessible Design, a panel discussion and more. The event will end with a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. at The Whole Person, 3710 Main St. The Whole Person is a center for independent living that provides a full range of community-based services for people with disabilities.

“Kansas City has always prided itself in the warmth and welcoming nature of our community,” said David H. Westbrook, chair of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. “It is our hope that through this forum, we can start a movement among developers, builders, architects and engineers to make Enlightened Accessible Design a signature of that warm and welcoming spirit.”

“We are committed to helping every resident fully participate in all Kansas City has to offer. Our city has historically been a leader on issues of inclusion and equal access, and I am proud to support the Committee for People with Disabilities' extraordinary efforts to make the built environment fully reflect the needs of all our citizens,” said Mayor Sly James.

For more information or to register for this forum, please visit Registration costs $79, or $30 for students. This forum is worth five HSW learning units.

Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend this meeting may contact the City’s 311 Call Center at 311 or 816-513-1313, or for TTY, 816-513-1889, or by email at

For media inquiries, please contact Danny Rotert, Mayor’s Office, at 816-513-6581.


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