Designing Beyond the Norm to Meet the Needs of All People - Peter W. Axelson, MSME, ATP, RET

Sponsored by Design Group, Mechanical Engineering


Thursday, January 26, 2017
4:30 pm – 5:50 pm
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Thornton Center - Classroom 110
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Dave Jaffe - 650/892-4464

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Peter will talk about the difference between Universal, Adaptable, and Adaptive design. Peter was the first undergraduate using a wheelchair for mobility to live on the Stanford campus in 1976 when accessibility issues were just beginning to be addressed. Those experiences and the desire to participate in the same physical activities as every other college student who had professional and recreational interests shaped his career as a designer. Peter will share how his interests spawned the creation of Beneficial Designs, Inc to support the development of personal, activity specific and environmental technologies for people of all abilities. His experience in obtaining Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants to develop and functionally assess products, services and the designs of outdoor environments, has provided many opportunities for he and his staff to change the way people with impairments of all kinds are able to participate in all aspects of life activity. His company works toward universal access through research, design and education to enable persons of all abilities to participate in the physical, intellectual and spiritual aspects of life.

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