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Susan M. Duncan, R.N., Designer

The ABCs of Accessibility® inc.
Glendale, AZ 85308-8929
Instructor, National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Susan M. Duncan, R.N., Designer brings more than thirty-five years of hands-on consulting experience in virtually all facets of inclusive design and construction. She is the founder and principal of The ABCs of Accessibility® inc., established in 1978, dedicated to providing universal and accessible design consulting services to support the unique goals and needs of residential, public, and private sector clients. She is an instructor for the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification at USC, where she has taught Course 2, "Home Modifications: How to Get it Done" and most recently, "Home Modifications and Ethics: Do the Right Thing!"

Ms. Duncan combined her extraordinary depth of experiences as a Registered Nurse and designer to assist thousands of individuals build and modify homes to meet the overarching goals of creating options, independence and improving quality of life. She is an experienced project manager who can both evaluate and advise public and private sectors on a broad range of compliance issues, including physical barriers in buildings and sites. Projects have ranged from new hotels, multi-family housing projects, to modified and custom homes spanning the globe from Alaska to Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

In 1990, Susan embraced The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), civil rights law of 1990, to provide ADA consultation services. The Boeing Dreamliner, Nike, Seattle Sound Transit system, and the Seattle Talking Book and Braille Library are a few project highlights.

Susan has a passion for teaching and empowering people who want to embrace inclusive living. She remains active in continuing to explore new ways to improve delivery methods for accessible projects and does so by teaching. Her medical ethics experiences coupled with her decades of experiences with the ongoing ethical challenges encountered in everyday projects is at the core of her practice. In addition, Ms. Duncan taught a required course she developed, 'Universal Design in Housing' for the Interior Design program for Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA. Susan is a respected lecturer who speaks nationally and internationally on issues including the practical applications behind inclusive design, the ADA, and her decades of cross-disability experiences.

Susan is an executive producer of an award winning educational video series on accessible design and construction for living environments. Susan has also invented and patented the Visualizer® Set, a space planning design tool, which is specifically intended to reflect movements of people using a wheelchair and similar mobility equipment. Ms. Duncan is a Board of Director member of the RL Mace Universal Design Institute, continuing her commitment to expand the knowledge and application of Good Design!

A project of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification,
in affiliation with the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, funded by the Archstone Foundation.
Located at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center, Los Angeles, California 90089-0191 (213) 740-1364.