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Talks at Twelve: David Feathers, Thursday, May 16, 2013

Physical Access to Healthcare Environments: Ergonomic Analysis for Persons with Physical Disabilities Across the Life Span
David Feathers, Design & Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

Thursday, May 16, 2013
12:00-1:00PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room


This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

This is a BCTR Innovative Pilot Study Grant recipient talk.

Design of the built environment and synergistic use of accessible technologies within the built environment play key roles in enabling access to preventative and curative healthcare services, especially for people with disabilities. His talk will define the current state of physical accessibility for a sample of healthcare environments in the United States. This project considers physical access across the lifespan, disability context, perceptions of physical barriers, and related physical access outcomes regarding reception of healthcare services for three types of healthcare locations: out-patient/clinic-based service delivery; in-hospital service delivery; and at-home care (self-management). This pilot study initiates a series of considerations regarding physical access throughout the process of receiving healthcare and identifies key areas for inclusive, human-centered research for distributed healthcare delivery across the lifespan.

David Feathers is an assistant professor of Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University. He is the founding director of the Cornell DAB Lab (Digital Anthropometry and Biomechanics), which focuses on measuring diversity in human structure and function for inclusive design of products and spaces. The DAB Lab uses a combination of traditional and innovative 3D measurement technologies to assess and model human performance with the aim of improving the products and environments we interact with on a daily basis. Dr. Feathers received his B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology, his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Ph.D.in Industrial and Systems Engineering, all from the University of Buffalo.

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