As founder and president of the firm Innovative Inclusive Design LLC, Deborah Rozell is skilled in applying Universal Design principals and strategies in designing safe, creative and cost effective environmental solutions that enhance independence.
Deborah began her career decades ago as a Special Education Teacher working with adults and children with physical disabilities. Her Special Education experience in institutional settings, group homes, schools and independent apartments has given her the understanding of the skills needed from morning to evening to function independently and the knowledge that the physical environment can limit or enable independence. Her passion to create innovative solutions that work to change these limitations drove her to attend interior design school. She has worked in design firms, provided consulting services and developed and managed an interiors department in an architectural firm.
Deborah holds certifications in Interior Design, Home Modification (ECHM) from UCLA, Aging in Place (CAPS) from the NHBA. She has received certificates from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Education in “Residential Design for Health and Longevity” and “Learning Environments for Tomorrow”. Deborah serves as chair of the facilities committee of the Board of Trustees for Bridges Public Charter School, The Community Development Advisory Committee for Montgomery County Maryland, is Secretary and HUD Disability Task Force representative for the National Council for Independent Living Housing Subcommittee, volunteers for Aging 2.0 and was a founding board member for Little Falls Village.
Deborah enjoys time with family and friends, long walks and hiking with her golden, pilates, watercolor and reading.