Universal Design in the News

Most of the following references come from Google Alerts. They cover news on universal design that may be of interest to visitors to The Center on Universal Design.

May 26, 2015

Why India needs universal design
The Hindu
“While this is common in several Indian cities, the concept of universal design can be adopted to make roads user-friendly,” says Niels Schoenfelder, ...

Universal Design for Learning Could Help Personalize Learning
Education World
For those unfamiliar, the Universal Design of Learning (UDL) is a theory developed in the 1990s that stipulates that teaching for all can be optimized ...

The principles of universal design and barrier-free environment were discussed in Minsk
Social experiments, interactive games, mobile exhibitions and mobile apps – these are only few examples of using different tools helping to expand ...

Even Tiny Updates to Tech Can Be Obstacles for the Disabled
By designing from a place of empathy, with an eye on accessibility and universal design, developers have the power to improve and enhance the lives ...

USC Davis course helps contractors make homes safer for older adults
USC News
“It's not just about learning to assess the home and decide which universal design elements to recommend,” she said. “It's also about learning to work ...

May 18, 2015

Expanding the frontiers of universal design
REMI Network - Real Estate Management Industry Network
Universal design encompasses much more than physical accessibility. It means creating spaces that are meaningful to their diverse users, it means ...

Universal Design Specialists Announces Introduction of New Subway Tile Walk in Handicap ...
EIN News
Universal Design Specialists is excited to announce that they are now offering the latest designs of subway tile handicap shower stalls from Best Bath ...

North Farmington teachers' video ties for top place
CASE, Center for Applied Special Technology, is the organization at the forefront of Universal Design for Learning. UDL is defined as “a framework to ...

May 11, 2015

Acer wins seven Computex product design awards
Focus Taiwan News Channel
... of materials, environmental friendliness, functionality, utility value, safety, ergonomics, universal design, product identity and product branding.

May 8, 2015

STACK: A Student Designed 3D Printed Measuring Cup Built on Universal Design
Universal design is the idea that improving our designed environment for people with disabilities isn't a way of ...

Universal Design Specialists Now Featuring Unique ADL Spa Sliding Door Handicap Tub
EIN News
SONOMA, CA, USA, April 30, 2015 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Universal Design Specialists announced that they are now offering the unique Best Bath ...

More buildings win BCA award for user-friendly design this year
The Straits Times
The BCA Universal Design Mark is a voluntary certification scheme for developers and architects who adopt the philosophy of "universal design" - that ...

April 29, 2015

Senior wellness: Universal design makes homes accessible
One of those changes includes modifying homes to meet needs through Universal Design. Mike Faber from Grand Rapids Community College's Older ...

Trail opens public bosque to all of us
Albuquerque Journal
Universal Design considers human differences across the spectrum of age, gender, race, culture and ability/disability. A good example of this is the ...

BCA launches a competition to push design appreciation
Marketing Interactive
This is a competition aimed at enhancing the appreciation for Universal Design (UD) in the built environment. Project BUILD seeks to educate and ...

National institute for differently abled to come up in Delhi
Business Standard
Touted as the first-of-its-kind institute in the country, the National Institute for Inclusive and Universal Design (NIIUD) would be engaged in designing ...

April 20, 2015

Communities and Manufacturers Need to Tap Into Universal Design Market
Korea Times
About 700 fourth and fifth grade elementary students in 25 Seoul schools will receive "universal design" education to learn how to be considerate to ...

Blueprints for change
The Post
Blueprints for an official universal design, however, at this point “haven't ... Purdy also is a proponent of universal design and said that, while it might ...

'Design empathy' builds inclusive spaces for people with autism
The Globe and Mail
Architects and designers have been thinking about issues of this kind for decades. The idea of “universal design” was formalized in the 1960s, with the ...

April 17, 2015

The Substantive Impact of Universal Design
Daily Californian
Universal design refers to the architectural ideology promoting accessibility and inclusivity in city, building and environmental planning. It maximizes ...

Removing Barriers and Transforming Lives At The Center for Enriched Living
Chicago Tribune
Universal Design elements will allow Rachel to use the building more independently. (Posted by The Center for Enriched Living, Community ...

Study: Design flaws in seniors housing includes lack of wheelchair access
“In each development, there were only a small number of units that were designed using universal design — wheelchair accessibility, lower counter ...

April 9, 2015

LPU inaugurated annual Architectural Innovation & Design Fest 'I-DOT 2015'
India Education Diary
... Eco Architecture; Universal Design; User Centric Design; Furniture as a design intervention for negative/grey spaces in architecture; Communication ...

March 30, 2015

Disability Studies, Universal Design Shed Light on Issues
KSMU Radio
From there came the idea of universal design. Staeger-Wilson explains that the principle of universal design is to be proactive and plan for resources ...

Pocket doors offer accessibility in every home
Beckley Register-Herald
With growing use of universal design standards, room accessibility is improving for people of all abilities. Pocket doors should always be considered ...

The 5 best "good practices" on accessible design
West - Welfare Society Territory
With the aim to demonstrate that the implementation of design for all/universal design in any form contributes towards improving quality of life for ...

Webinar: Universal Design for Learning, Information Literacy, and Libraries
ALA Connect - American Library Association
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides an excellent framework for classroom technique and theory for librarians, instructors, teachers, and ...

March 24, 2015

The lasting legacy of universal design champion Michael Graves
Mother Nature Network (blog)
Famous for his Target kitchen gadgets and an abhorred Oregon office building, the late 'humanist' architect also promoted healing through good ...

ASU students take on the world - one design problem at a time
ASU News Now
Trevor Kowal was one of 15 students who traveled to Japan for a studio with a focus on universal design and the principles of universal design.

Building Evacuations and the Social Model of Disability
New buildings need to consider universal design principles to ensure all people can safely and independently evacuate a building that is free of ...

Inclusive teaching methods addressed at conference
The event is being organise by AHEAD and will focus on a Universal Design for Learning - so that all students receive equal opportunities to learn, ...

Minister urges private sector to use disabled-friendly products
The Sun Daily
BANGI: The private sector should consider Universal Design Products (UDP) to help make lives better and easier for the disabled community.

Top 5 Tips on How to Make Your Materials Accessible
Disability Services Center - University of California, Irvine
In fact, universal design cannot be practiced well unless the needs and abilities of everyone are taken into account. Additionally, creating access for ...

March 17, 2015

Using universal design
Ashland Daily Tidings
Universal design is one of the most important trends in residential construction and home improvement today. Also known as disabled access or ...

Using universal design
Hindu Business Line
DJ Academy of Design (DJAD) in association with the British Council is hosting a two-day conference on “Universal Design and Development” at The ...

Using universal design
Business Standard
"The Universal Design is providing a design solution, a product or a service, which can be used by all people, with 'normal' abilities, different abilities ...

Why do we still teach as if all students are the same?
Irish Times
Managing this difference can be done by Universal Design for Learning. ... Universal Design for Learning is a way of thinking about learning that ...

March 13, 2015

A New Approach to Designing Educational Technology
Slate Magazine
They called their new mission “universal design for learning,” and a movement was born. Spurred by the rapid advance of computers and broadband ...

Researchers Complete Vital Work in Housing Design for People with Dementia
Their report recommends that by following the principles of Universal Design – combined with a collaborative approach to design – this will enable ...

March 5, 2015

Wide open spaces
NWAOnline (subscription)
That's why AARP has invested in educating people about the benefits of concepts such as universal design and aging-in-place, both of which ...

The seven principles
Arkansas Online
The Seven Principles of Universal Design were compiled in 1997 by The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University.

February 24, 2015

Understanding 'Universal Design'
Ahwatukee Foothills News
But regardless of what you call it, Universal Design is moving to the forefront of the housing conversation as baby boomers purchase homes with their ...

Senior Playgrounds and Universal Design
Closer to home, this idea still remains a new concept, but one that fits well within inclusive design and universal design principles. These principles ...

Inspiring Objects Designed for Everyone, From Arduino to a Soy Sauce Bottle
The “@” and Creative Commons symbols are clear examples of universal design, so too is Ekuan's soy sauce bottle, which has retained the same ...

Taupo home incorporates mobility needs into design
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
A Ministry of Social Development study revealed that it was 22 times more cost-effective to install universal design features in a home during the build ...

February 17, 2015

Pavion Park plays to all ages
Universal design is intended to provide equal access for all, including children and caregivers of all ages and abilities, a city staff report states.

February 10, 2015

Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti Opens Her Home, an Exemplar of Universal Design
Columbus Monthly
In the fall, the public was invited to enter the Universal Design Living Laboratory, otherwise known as the home of Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti and her ...

February 5, 2015

Home design for disabled vet and service dog tackles accessibility
The Denver Post
"This could be a flagship house in the country in terms of universal design." The home Blea designed features an elegant cantilevered roof; a thick ...

January 27, 2015

'I am my own person'
The Hindu
For a lit fest to be inclusive, she feels people's attitudes, universal design, acknowledging disabled authors and having disabled-friendly toilets are ...

2015 Universal Design Symposium
Institute for Human Centered Design
The goal of this Universal Design Symposium is to convene people who are passionate or interested in Universal Design and provide them with the ...

January 21, 2015

GHBA Remodeler's Council: Make your home safer, more comfortable for everyone
Universal design is about creating a home for everyone, regardless of age, size or ability. Universal design features and products make a home safer ...

Building better curriculum through Universal Design for Learning
The term “universal design” was originally applied to the field of architecture and attributed to Ron Mace, an American architect and founder of the ...

January 6, 2015

The true cost of debarring the disabled
Bdaily Business Network
By adopting universal design and inclusive practices at the earliest stage, everyone should be able to access services independently, and have equal opportunity to enter, use and enjoy the built environment, regardless …

December 29, 2014

Universal Design in Teaching and Learning
The Professional Development Center - Wake Forest University
Applying the principles of Universal Design in the classroom provides the opportunity to overcome barriers in teaching and learning. Students bring a ...

December 22, 2014

Ko Kret selected to be community model for university design
Thailand National News Bureau
BANGKOK, 15 December 2014 (NNT) - The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has launched the project “Universal Design ...

Elevator Award for Innovation in Dementia
Dublin City University The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Dublin provides design professionals and relevant stakeholders with the necessary universal design ...

December 15, 2014

6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL
The new NV200 Taxi offers barrier-free access to taxi riders in Hong Kong thanks to the award-winning* universal design layout. Among the riders ...

Universal Design Grand Challenge Student Awards 2015
The Universal Design Grand Challenge 2015. The Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) is a design competition that promotes and awards ...

December 3, 2014

6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL
T.H.E. Journal
Universal Design for Learning can make your lessons more ... we asked universal design pros and innovative districts to share the ways that ...

December 2, 2014

Main Universal Design Improvements Every Home Needs
Whether you're planning to spend your golden years in your home or put it up for sale, you may benefit from making some universal design ...

Embracing Variability with Universal Design for Learning
After attending CAST's Universal Design for Learning Institute, I was thrilled to learn that there are educators and neuroscientists researching ...

November 20, 2014

Japan in bid to improve accessibility ahead of 2020 Olympic Games
Reduced Mobility Rights
Japan's busiest airport in passenger traffic, Haneda airport embeds the true spirit of Universal Design. UD is the natural evolution of Accessible ...

November 19, 2014

A 3-D, talking map for the blind (and everyone else)
UB News Center
All three projects employ universal design, which aims to produce buildings, spaces and products accessible to all people instead of individual ...

November 13, 2014

An accessible approach to designing homes
Toronto Sun
For example, a home with a universal design would likely include fully-accessible kitchens, bathrooms and living areas, enhanced lighting to ...

November 12, 2014

DC's 'Enabled by Design-athon' promotes universal design
Technical.ly DC
United Cerebral Palsy Life Labs' second Enabled by Design-athon in D.C. provided the space and time for innovators to "design for all.

Tours demonstrate home living for those with limitations
The residence features universal design and was conceived and built after Rossetti was paralyzed from the waist down in 1998, when she was ...

November 5, 2014

Universal Design should be part of every design process
Aerial view of Keppel Club with Reflections at Keppel Bay in the backgound. World-renown architect Daniel Libeskind designed Reflections.

October 23, 2014

The Smart Floors Making Airports More Accessible for Disabled
Making the floor beautiful and more functional for way-finding is a great application of Universal Design principles by Edmonton International.

October 19, 2014

Universal design lab — a dream home for user of wheelchair
Columbus Dispatch
The couple occupies the Universal Design Living Laboratory near ... the latest in “ universal design” principles and “green” building features.

October 3, 2014

Fall Parade features universal home designs
Kansas City Star
“Universal design is creating a home with design features that meet the current and future needs of people who are very different, but they can ...

September 13, 2014

Prize-winning 'universal design' home caters to disabled and has no steps
The Nation
He said he conceived the house under the concept of "universal design" - the idea of treating all residents equally regardless of age and ...

September 8, 2014

Design and disability
The Hindu
It was a family trip to America in the late ’90s that changed the outlook — and therefore the business — of G. Gopala Krishna. Bangalore-based GGK, a...

Northwest Universal Design Council Design Festival
Environments for All
The Northwest Universal Design Council is hosting a Seattle Design Festival event that will explore Universal Design and enhance community mobility. The event will be held at the Seattle Public Library on September 14, 2014, and will cover issues related to public transit and the ADA. The festival will address the mobility needs of a wide range of individuals in a way that ensures design and use are flexible, equitable, and intuitive for all.

September 2, 2014

The Next Housing Crisis: Aging Americans' Homes
Only 1% of U.S. housing units have all five of what are called "universal design" features: no-step entry; single-floor living; extra-wide doorways...

Wheel-friendly yards: Accessible Garden Tour of SE Portland
The Oregonian
Universal Design considerations allow everyone, regardless of age, size or ability, to access a space. For gardens, this means there are...

August 30, 2014

'Universal design' concept would help access for disabled, seminar told
The Nation
Participants at a recent seminar proposed the concept of "universal design" in a move to narrow the disparitites suffered by the disabled...

August 18, 2014

Australia's first universal design conference puts user experience at centre of design process
Architecture and Design
Sydney will host Australia's first Universal Design Conference, which seeks to give Australians an opportunity to hear from some of the world's...

August 8, 2014

International Universal Design architects, designers converge on Mother City
First Universal Design Conference in Africa comes to Cape Town City Hall. Cape Town will host international and local industrial designers and architects renowned...

Universal Design for Learning workshop set
West Hawaii Today
Hawaii Learning Resource will offer a workshop for kindergarten through 12th-grade educators presented by Kavita Rao. "Universal Design for Learning: Strategies and...

Universal Design concept provides learners new educational avenues
The Republic
Albert Einstein once said: "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." It is an idea that Bartholomew Consolidated...

July 28, 2014

Steinfeld to receive prestigious Haecker award
UB Reporter
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Edward H. Steinfeld, SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning, will receive one of his field's...

Georgetown Uni, Qatar to become disabled-friendly
Construction Week Online
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) recently launched the first phase of a major initiative that aims to allow all visitors, students, faculty and staff with disabilities...

July 10, 2014

Learning by Universal Design
Education Week Teacher
David H. Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator who teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the founder and chief education...

June 26, 2014

25 years later, local seminar looks to enhance ADA
Chicago Sun-Times Post-Tribune
HAMMOND ­— Twenty-five years after passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, it’s time for the country to look more broadly at designing public...

June 12, 2014

Media Advisory: UI College of Education to host assistive technology institute in Red Oak
The University of Iowa College of Education ’s Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER) will host an Assistive Technology...

Dr. Elizabeth Watson addresses AAMA Summer Conference attendees with presentation on universal design
Glass on Web
Dr. Elizabeth Watson, director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin, discussed designing for accessibility during the American...

June 5, 2014

Science Writing and Universal Design for Learning
In October, our article, Science Writer and Universal Design for Learning, Stacey Reed, a seventh grade life science teacher in Wayland, Massachusetts, presented...

May 29, 2014

My House Beautiful: Built for Freedom
Edmonton Journal
You wouldn’t necessarily peg Joel and Amanda Kleine’s home as wheelchair accessible. From the outside, the house is similar to others in the new northwest...

May 22, 2014

Mandan Park Board Raises Fund for Universal Playgrounds
School's almost over, and with the warm weather here that means more time outside, but not everyone is able to play. Children with special needs cannot play...

Universal Design Can Improve Voting for Disabled Voters
By Carlos Coba San Lucas - When Mark A. Riccobono, who is blind, first voted in 1996, he whispered his vote to a poll worker. But he was embarrassed when she...

PD 'Toolkit" Adds Social Emotional Learning Resources
The Journal
Goalbook’s web-based professional development platform, Toolkit, now includes new resources to help teachers tackle issues related to social emotional learning...

Gardens by the Bay, Interlace top Universal Design Mark Award
SINGAPORE: Thirty-one projects, mostly residential buildings, are awarded the Universal Design Mark this year - up from 26 in 2013. The Universal Design Mark is...

SCG showcases design trends for the future
A COUNTRY like the Philippines, which is notoriously prone to natural calamities such as typhoons, earthquakes and floods, has much to learn in terms of disaster-proofing...

May 6, 2014

Focus on Disability: Great design has universal appeal
Sci Dev Net
A new watch — the Bradley Timepiece — designed for blind people has been nominated for a Design of the Year award at the Design Museum...

April 22, 2014

Aging in place -- and stranger danger
Health: Herald Tribunes
How can all those 1960s ranch homes in central Sarasota get the 21st-century nudge they need to accommodate baby boomer retirees'...

Disability Awareness Week: Making it virtual and accessible
McGill Reporter
McGill’s third Disability Awareness Week will be held March 24-28, and this year’s theme...

March 6, 2014

Inclusive Design: Ergonomics Department
OHS Canada
Employers in Ontario may need to start thinking more about making their workplaces accessible to employees with disabilities...

February 24, 2014

Growing Up with Universal Design
LiveSmart Design
Universal Design is a design concept that makes a home more livable and easier to use by as many people as possible, regardless of their size, age or ability...

Visitability and Universal Design
LiveSmart Design
Visitability is an affordable, sustainable and inclusive design approach that integrates the most basic Universal Design features into all newly-built homes...

Why Universal Design?
April Pierson Blogspot
After the universal design webinar, a faculty member shared that she had a student who was deaf who actually dropped out of the program because...

January 16, 2014

Universal design creates a no-barrier home for all
Universal design is about creating a home for everyone, regardless of age, size, or ability. Universal design's features and products make a home safer and more...

FASPAS Widens Universal Design Concepts at WIU
Western Illinois University
MACOMB, IL - Faculty and Staff Partnerships for Accessible Solutions (FASPAS) is a four-session workshop designed to embed Universal Design (UD) into the...

Twitter's new look: a better, universal design
Twitter has changed its web interface to look more like its mobile apps. The first conclusion is obvious: we are moving towards unified interfaces. The second...

December 11, 2013

Calling for universally designed amenities
The New Indian Express
Even as the Corporation is involving the differently abled in several projects including design of new pavements, members of the community want a universal...

December 9, 2013

Cloud Based Universal Design for Learning Tools
Jen Deyenberg
As a piece of the post graduate certificate in Assistive Technology I'm working on through the University of Calgary...

December 5, 2013

DNR: Creating accessibility
Pioneer Tribune
LANSING - At the recent Universal Design Conference in Marquette, the Department of Natural Resources Grants Section was awarded an "Above and Beyond...

Carnegie Mellon and University at Buffalo researchers improving ...
Universal design is a human-centered approach to design and business practices focused on creating a more convenient, comfortable, healthier and safer ...

Trends in aging in place and universal design remodeling
Creating a safe, livable environment to foster aging in place through universal design without the home screaming “this was made for old people” can be an ...

Universal design goes mainstream in home building
Pro Builder
Universal design (UD) isn't just for the elderly or the permanently disabled. As Americans age, they're beginning to realize that their homes need to ...

UNO picked to design largest accessible tall ship in the world
The mission of America's Freedom Sailor, a New Orleans-based nonprofit, is to build a universal design tall ship that is accessible to people of every physical ...

The Real World
Huffington Post
In fact, efforts such as Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) show how educational institutions are at the vanguard of understanding the true human landscape, ...

The New Ban in Vancouver That Some People Just Won't Be Able to ...
Stainton told the Sun that there are other examples of universal designalready in practice, including fire alarms that include flashing lights for the hearing ...

Vancouver, Canada bans door knobs for better universal design in ...
BA Haller
“This is very progressive of Vancouver,” says Howard Gerry, a professor specializing in universal design at Toronto's OCAD University. “It makes good sense, ...

Quadrangle Architects wins Universal Design Award
Canadian Architect
Quadrangle Architects' own studio on King Street in Toronto has won a 2013 International Association for Universal Design Award in the Housing and ...

Vancouver Bans Doorknobs
Slate Magazine (blog)
As University of British Columbia professor Tim Stainton explained in the article, the doorknob ban is in the spirit of a concept known as universal design, which ...

Where there's a wheel, there's a way
The Star Online
The travel and hospitality industry should apply the principles of universal design to their products and services. IT'S that time of the year again when most of us ...

Forever Home starts with Universal Design
Regina Leader-Post
Also known as barrier-free design, universal design in homes aims to accommodate people with different levels of ability. Nadler says about two to five per cent ...

Disabled get handle on doors
Winnipeg Free Press
There is a difference between universal design and barrier-free design.Universal design is meant to address all people. Barrier-free design specifically ...

Embracing Variability with Universal Design for Learning
After attending CAST's Universal Design for Learning Institute, I was thrilled to learn that there are educators and neuroscientists researching this very idea.

RIOT: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Library Instruction ...
UDL originally comes from the concept of Universal Design (UD), which mostly applies to architecture. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act required that ...