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        April 2019 - Volume 6, Issue 2      
USGBC Announces Inclusive Design Pilot Credit Proposed by SWA

Image of GUSGBC LogoUSGBC has announced that it will now include an inclusive design pilot credit for the LEED rating system. The intrinsic connection between green building, health, and accessibility is what led SWA to propose this credit back in 2017. We are excited and proud of our contribution toward improving the LEED program with a more holistic approach to building design and construction.

Trends in Healthcare: Nurse Call Devices

Image of NC ModelsAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls account for 3 million injuries treated in emergency rooms, 800,000 hospitalizations, and 28,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Within hospitals and long-term care facilities, it may not be possible to eliminate patient falls altogether, so features like a properly installed nurse call system can be life changing. Read about what it takes to ensure that these nurse call devices meet accessibility requirements.

SWA’s Managing Director of Accessibility Services Quoted in New York Times Article

Image of Peter StrattonA New York Times article on accessible housing in NYC, 'Where Luxury Meets Accessibility', quoted Peter Stratton while discussing the types of litigation often faced by developers.

Buildings + Beyond Podcast
Universal Design with Mary Jo Peterson

Want to expand your knowledge of Universal Design? Check out our latest podcast episode featuring award-winning author and universal design expert, Mary Jo Peterson.

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Environments for Aging Conference 2019:
Workshop participants discussing design for dementia capable environments.

Some aids to mimic visual impairments, used to get a sense of how spaces can affect those with low vision.
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