Celebrating the ADA: The Next 25 Years

Public Programs Spring 2016 School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, Symposium, April 6th 2016

The Americans with Disabilities Act was 25 years old in 2015, a year marked by numerous events commemorating the passage of the Act. No one can deny that the ADA and related laws that require accessibility to the built environment have had a profound impact on the lives of people with disabilities. Yet there is still much to be done. What is the next step toward full social integration? Now that the anniversary is over, it is time to look forward. Universal design, a new paradigm of social inclusion, aligns the accessibility movement for people with disabilities with broader agendas on design for social justice and design for health. This symposium will examine the promise of universal design, how it has been implemented around the world, the barriers to its implementation, and how to move forward.


Michael Rembis

Associate Professor of History Director, Center for Disability Studies University at Buffalo

Rob Imrie

Professor of Sociology Goldsmiths College University of London

Edward Steinfeld

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Architecture Director, IDeA Center
University at Buffalo