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Transportation Research Center Brings National Speaker on Designing for Disability
Author: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)
Posted: October 3, 2018

Elise RoyThe Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) of Portland State University is bringing Elise Roy, a deaf human-centered designer, former lawyer, and motivational speaker who works in the vanguard of the disruptive innovation movement, to campus to deliver a free lecture on October 17.

Wednesday, October 17, 5:30-7:00pm at Lincoln Recital Hall: RSVP to attend

The lecture is part of the university's annual Portland State of Mind festival, and also celebrates PSU’s inaugural Disability as Diversity Month, which is taking place in October 2018 in a partnership between the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Disability Resource Center, and the Accessibility Committee.

Elise Roy will be the fifth speaker TREC has brought to PSU to share insights around active transportation topics since 2013, under the auspices of the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture Endowment.

Elise’s deafness has always given her a heightened awareness of how profoundly design shapes the social, emotional and physical environment and this led her to study human-centered design in Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Social Design program. She completed a master’s degree with a thesis that investigated the barriers that exist for individuals with hearing loss in the fabrication technology and design realm. In 2016 Elise founded Elise Roy & Associates, a social enterprise that helps organizations analyze problems from the vantage point of people with disabilities to disrupt markets and industries. The organization is founded on the notion that when we design for extremes, we come up with better solutions than when we design for the norm.

The Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture is a unique opportunity to bring world-class thinkers on pedestrian and bicycle issues to Portland State University (PSU) and the active transportation community in the Portland metro region. The annual lecture serves as a legacy to Ann Niles who was a strong advocate for livable neighborhoods, safer pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and served on many transportation-focused boards and committees in Portland. The forum furthers the mission of our Initative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) program to facilitate the exchange of knowledge among scholars, practitioners and community advocates around issues of active transportation. By promoting dialogue across disciplines and interests, this lecture series supports PSU's mission to "let knowledge serve the city." Read more about the lecture endowment and past speakers.

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and young professionals through education.