President Obama appoints Fort Lauderdale Alum to U.S. Access Board
December 21, 2016
Shelley Siegel, who in 1978 earned an Associate of Arts in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, was recently named by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Access Board. Siegel was originally appointed in May 2016 to complete the term left vacant following the death of architect Michael Graves. Her reappointment is for a full term on November 29, 2016.
Created in 1973, the Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. Created to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.
Siegel brings over 44 years of experience to the position. She’s dedicated to creating aesthetically pleasing universal design concepts for the home, workplace, hospitality, and healthcare environments. Siegel is a principal of the Siegel Design Group and the founder and CEO of the Universal Design & Education Network.
Siegel is a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a member of the Design Alliance for Accessible and Sustainable Environments. She is a former member of the Advisory Panel for the National Universal Design Program of the American Society of Interior Designers, the Florida Coordinating Council on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs ADA Advisory Board.
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