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Nonprofit producing workshop on universal design

April 5, 2019
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Ileana Rodriguez
Ileana Rodriguez. Courtesy Team USA

A nonprofit serving people with disabilities is hosting a half-day workshop for architects, builders and designers.

Grand Rapids-based Disability Advocates of Kent County will host the Absolutely Accessible Kent technical workshop and luncheon on universal design — or the design and composition of buildings and environments so they can be accessed by all.

The event is scheduled for April 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in downtown Grand Rapids, at 710 Monroe Ave. NW.

Keynote speaker

The keynote speaker for the event is architect and Paralympian Ileana Rodriguez, founder of I Design Access, a design and accessibility consultancy for architects and businesses.

Diagnosed at 13 with a spine malformation that left her paralyzed from the waist down, she later earned architecture degrees from Florida International University.

She set a U.S. record in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2008 and competed in the London Paralympic Games for Team USA in 2012.

Event schedule

9-9:30 a.m.: Registration

9:30-11:30 a.m.: Class with Ileana Rodriguez

Noon: Lunch and speech from IIeana Rodriguez


Tickets for the luncheon and workshop are $50. Tickets for the luncheon only are $25.

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