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Join us on Wednesday, June 23, 8:30–10:30 a.m., for an informative, FREE, virtual workshop about accessible home design and how it supports successful aging-in-place. We'll also explore the roles different sectors of the housing industry play to promote accessible home design and livability.

In December 2019, KC Communities for All Ages partnered with the First Suburbs Coalition to present the workshop "Design for Life: Community Planning and Practice." That workshop explored cities' and counties' roles in creating housing and neighborhoods with design features to accommodate all ages and abilities. Earlier this year, the First Suburbs Coalition and KC Communities for All Ages, produced the “Remodeling for Accessible Homes Guidebook,” which provides ideas, sample floorplans, cost estimates and other resources for those wishing to update their older homes to accommodate their changing needs.

Richard Duncan, executive director, RL Mace Universal Design Institute, and principle author of the “Remodeling for Accessible Homes Guidebook,” will describe key elements of this publication and its uses.  A panel of representatives from the housing industry will discuss trends, challenges and opportunities related to advancing accessible design. Representatives from three local jurisdictions will describe projects currently underway to elevate universal, accessible design within their communities.

Workshop attendees will learn about:

  • Practical application and promotion of Remodeling for Accessible Homes Guidebook.
  • Trends, challenges and opportunities to promote accessible, universal design within home building, home remodeling, real estate and architecture.
  • How cities and counties can encourage the incorporation of universal design into development.
  • Three key universal and accessible design features in housing.

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Workshop presenters:

Richard Duncan is the executive director of the Universal Design Institute and the Better Living Design Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. Duncan has spent over 35 years in the field of architectural and product accessibility and universal design in residential, public and transportation environments. He has extensive experience in accessible and universal design, costs, materials and products. Richard’s projects, seminars, courses and speaking engagements have taken him around the world.

Housing industry panel:

Kristofer P. Turnbow
, mayor, Raymore, Missouri. Mayor Turnbow had a 36-year police career with the Raytown and Raymore Police Departments, with 26 years as chief of police. He retired in 2012 and was elected mayor in 2016 and was re-elected to a three-year term in April 2019. He is the Chair of the Cass County Emergency Services Board, serves on the MARC Board of Directors, as well as MARC's Public Safety Communications Committee. He holds a B.A. in criminal justice administration from Avila University and an M.P.A. in public management from Park University.

Patti Adler, BHG Kansas City Homes, has been an active realtor for 24 years, specializing in resale homes, lofts and condos in the Kansas and Missouri Area. She takes pride in having a great attention to detail and creativity. She enjoys tackling all technology and helping her clients when selling their current homes and finding their forever homes.

Todd Ault, Gould Evans, has more than 20 years of experience working on large commercial developments and interpreting the nuances of residential municipal code. As a senior project architect with Gould Evans, Ault has contributed to some of the firm’s largest and most complex projects, including Cerner’s Innovations Campus and the Zona Rosa development. Ault also serves as an advisor to the Architectural Review Board for Mission Hills, Kansas, where he reviews residential development applications for compliance with the city’s zoning ordinance, residential design guidelines, site design and development standards, and building codes.

Wade Beck is the owner of Pinnacle Homes of Kansas City, which builds spec and custom homes in the Kansas City metro area. With a background in business management, Beck and his wife remodeled homes in their free time before starting the home building company in 2012. Since then, Beck has loved designing and building his clients’ houses with unique touches and classic styles that make for a dream home come true.

Paul Lillig, home remodeler with Accessibility Remodeling, founded and operated two businesses before graduating from UMKC. He started Picasso Design Build in 2003 as a remodeling company, but quickly determined that design for older adults and people with disabilities was his passion. He received his Master of Architecture from University of Kansas in 2013. Using his marketing and sales skills, he partnered with Accessibility Remodeling in 2013. He continues to advocate for accessible design.

Local Jurisdiction Panel:

Katie Jardieu, GISP, is the city planner for Raymore, Missouri. She has a background in geographical information systems and a master's in community development. She made the switch to planning six years ago and has never looked back. Combining her experience of project management and cross-discipline communication, she finds that planning is the best of both worlds. Jardieu strives to put resident concerns at the forefront of planning decisions, while making sure to develop an inclusive community for all.

Keith Moody currently serves as city administrator in Roeland Park, Kansas. During the past five years, the community has achieved a Gold Level designation as a Community for All Ages, has engaged residents in discussions concerning how this effort can be furthered and has begun developing Residential Development Standards along with Universal Design Incentives to achieve the vision shared by residents.

Tom Scannell currently serves as the community development director for Independence, Missouri. Over the last five years, the city has achieved Gold Level designation as a Community for All Ages, adopted the Imagine Independence 2040 Comp Plan incorporating Universal Design as a guiding principle, and implemented the Universal Design requirement in all low- to moderate-income housing funded with HOME Program funds.

Accessible Home Design Virtual Workshop

Wednesday, June 23
8:30–10:30 a.m.
via Zoom

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Registration deadline
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

While this event is FREE, registration is required to obtain the workshop link.

CUE credits pending.

Event questions: Cathy
Boyer-Shesol at 816-701-8246 or

Registration questions:
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The Professional Network is supported through grants from
WJ Brace Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; MARC’s Department of Aging and Adult Services; and Roger A. and Corrine R. Durkee Fund, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105
ph. 816-474-4240 | fax: 816-421-7758