News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2013
City, AIAKC reschedules Enlightened Accessible Design forum to May 2
Architects, builders and engineers invited to share ideas at forum
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and the American Institute of Architects – Kansas City have rescheduled their Enlightened Accessible Design forum to Thursday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road. The original forum, scheduled for Feb. 27, had been canceled due to the snowstorms.
Area architects, builders, engineers and interested residents are invited to attend this forum to discuss innovative ways to make Kansas City a more accessible community, especially for 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 http://www.aiakc.org/stay-up-to-date/event/enlightened-accessible-design-a-forum-for-architects-builders-and-engineers/. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquiries, please contact Danny Rotert, Mayor’s Office, at 816-513-6581.