Mobility Matters 2019

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Event Date: 
Monday, March 11, 2019, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT
Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Event Overview

Portland State University's College of Education and the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) are excited to reprise this 2nd annual interdisciplinary event in 2019. We invite disability specialists, urban planners, engineers, transportation professionals, students, and community members to discuss the nexus between design, innovation, technology, and access. Conference themes will examine technological innovations that improve accessibility and wayfinding; smart cities; interdisciplinary approaches for intersections; unequal access to safe roads for those with disabilities who are persons of color; and opportunities for regional coordination across adjacent metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on Cascadia.


    Schedule of the Day

    This schedule is in progress, and subject to change. We are submitting these sessions for continuing education credit consideration with both ACVREP and AICP.

    • 8:00 AM - Breakfast and Networking
    • 8:30 AM - Opening Welcome: The Nexus of Disability, Race, Equity, Inclusive Design, Testbeds, Smart Cities
    • 8:45 AM - Policymaking and Innovation in Transportation
    • 9:15 AM - Lived Experiences and Civic Engagement: Community Partnership in Design, Testing and Deployment
    • 11:00 AM - Applications & Testbeds in Accessible Mobility: Innovations on the Mainstage
    • 12:00 PM - Lunch + Networking Break
    • 1:00 PM -  Afternoon Breakouts and Mobile Walkabouts
      ---Wayfinding and Indoor Navigation: Discussion + Exploration
      ---Tactile Maps and 3-D printing on Campus Testbeds
      ---Intersections on Universal Access: Discussion + Exploration
      ---Applying PathVu Technology: Discussion + Exploration
    • 3:30 PM - Coming Back Together: A Facilitated Discussion of Findings
    • 4:30 PM - Networking and Next Steps

    If you would like to promote this event with your colleagues, you may download a promotional flyer (PDF) here.


    This is an all day summit from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. All tickets include a continental breakfast, coffee, tea, water, and lunch. Early bird ends January 25, 2019. Questions? Contact us at

    General Admission
    Early Bird - $95
    Regular Rate - $130

    Early Bird - $30
    Regular Rate - $45

    Summit Hosts

    Learn more about the growing PSU partnership on orientation and mobility.

    Special Education at the College of Education (COE) at Portland State University

    COE is the largest and most comprehensive school of education in Oregon, offering more than 50 programs in education and counseling. The hybrid online Orientation and Mobility program is the regional program for the Pacific and Northwest Consortium for Vision Education, comprised of six states: Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska and Montana. The O&M program is closely affiliated with the College's nationally accredited Visually Impaired Learner (VIL) program.

    Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University
    TREC 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.

    Supported By

    Digital City Testbed Center
    The Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC) at Portland State University establishes a network of campuses in the Pacific Northwest where smart city innovation can be carefully tested before being deployed in communities at large. A primary goal is to balance the promise of new technologies against concerns about security, equity, ethics and possible monopolization. DCTC testbeds initially will focus on questions of accessibility, resilience to natural disasters and public education. PSU plans to work with local and regional governments on this project.