Universal Design - community discussion

Universal Design - community discussion
Wed 17 Mar 2021, 10:30am - 12:30pm 17/9 Beaconsfield street,

or online through Zoom. Learning and skills
Health and wellbeing
COVID-19 has had a major impact on the health & wellbeing industry forcing many organisations to adapt rapidly. From offering classes and appointments online, to reducing rates, offering outdoor or small-group events and even investing in innovative tracking apps to support training programs.
With many organisations having to re-think key areas of their business, is it worth looking into the potential of underserved markets, such as the disability sector?
Join us as for a community discussion as we explore the barriers and opportunities around implementing the principles of Universal Design and whether this could open up new markets for small businesses.

What will we talk about?
• What is Universal Design and could ‘designing for all’ open up new profitable markets for health and wellbeing businesses?
• Is there a business case? How big is the market?
• What are the drivers of and barriers to implementing Universal Design principles in Canberra’s small businesses?
• What are the needs of people with disabilities, their families and carers?
• Does understanding the needs of people with a disability provide potential for product or service innovation?
• What changes or additional information might be required to best communicate with this market?
• What deals or offers could be created for those visiting with a carer?
• How do you ensure end-to-end accessibility throughout the buying and consumption process?
• Is there potential for collaboration between businesses to better serve this market?

Who should take part?
This community discussion group brings together people in Canberra from a range of perspectives relevant to the topic under discussion – businesses, people working in the industry, consumers, family and carers.
A guest speaker will introduce the topic and a facilitator will encourage discussion and participation from the group. The inspiration for this format of event comes from the Medici family, who in 15th century Italy were instrumental in bringing together scientists, poets, artists and architects in the town of Florence. Here they swapped ideas, learned from each other, and collaborated. This brought about one of the most creative and innovative periods in history - the Renaissance.

How to get involved?
You can attend in person at 17/9 Beaconsfield street, Fyshwick or online through Zoom.

Cost: Free

About the Facilitator:
Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre (Lighthouse) is an innovation consultancy. We work with entrepreneurs, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and the public sector to create change, build strong economies and improve the world we live in. Visit www.lighthouseinnovation.com.au for more information.
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