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.

November 21, 2022

How Deque Helps Telcos Design for Digital Accessibility
Simply put, the concept of universal design is ensuring that something can be “accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all ...

Why Top Brands Should Rethink Adaptive Fashion And Take It Seriously
“As fashion designers, we need to make sure we are listening to people ... the lines of inclusive clothing and universal design,” says Senior.

Inclusive product design: Toys that help visually impaired kids explore food
CNA Women speaks to Lim Jin Ying about how inclusive design can help such babies and children overcome these and other common barriers.

November 14, 2022

How accessibility for disabled university students can benefit all students
The Conversation
... accessible teaching means designing courses from the get-go with ... a colleague at Western University, helped design our research process.

Increasing Inpatient Capacity With Universal Care Units
HCD Magazine
UW Health looks across the system at lessons from pandemic care to combine with evidence-based design and Lean practices to inform an ...

Timed assignments limit student learning
Scot Scoop News
... and styles of providing a curriculum called Universal Design for Learning (UDL),” said Jason Selli, a study skills teacher at Carlmont.

November 7, 2022

How Big Brands and Younger Generations Are Embracing Boomers
Next Avenue
Incorporating Universal Design. A Markble topped ADA-compliant vanity sink. Next Avenue, adaptive furniture disabled adults. An ADA-compliant vanity ...

The importance of signage and wayfinding for persons with disabilities
The Manila Times
Christine Hemphill, founder of Open Inclusion (UK), said inclusive design is a three-part process that can empower design solutions to make them more ...

'Accessibility for all': Uxbridge Lions' universal playground wins accessibility honours
Durham Region News
The group was nominated for the award by the Uxbridge Accessibility Advisory Committee, which lauded their all-inclusive design.

October 31, 2022

What's Behind The Rising Demand For Universal Design?
Architect Magazine
If the concept of universal design brings to mind images of a ... prompting designers and builders to meet growing demand for accessible homes.

New Accessibility Products for Autumn 2022
Architectural Record
The newest universal, interior components—from bath fixtures to doors—are ... and residential architecture, interior design, and products.

Lytton to become the first Universally Designed Community in North America
Yahoo Finance
The Village of Lytton has integrated the SAFERhome Universal Design Standards in its building by-law and ensures anyone regardless of their age, ...

October 24, 2022

DataArt Collaborates with Intersport to Build "The Heart" – the Universal Design System
Yahoo Finance
The design phase of the UDS (Universal Design System) included tremendous UX research, which allowed the DataArt team to make decisions based on best ...

Building for neurodiversity: guidelines to address “final frontier of inclusive design” unveiled
Specification Online
PAS 6463, Design for the mind – Neurodiversity and the built environment – Guide aims to assist building designers in mitigating and eliminating these ...

CBSE organises National Conference on Inclusive Education
Scoop News
Various schools across the country presented the papers on Inclusive ... in Inclusive education, differentiated instructions, universal design for ...

October 17, 2022

UnlockedMaps provides real-time accessibility information for urban rail transit in six metro areas
UW News
University of Washington researchers developed UnlockedMaps, a web-based map that allows users to see in real time how accessible rail transit ...

Inclusive Design Is Not Niche
This demonstrates that disability inclusion within fashion is non-negotiable and will have a huge impact in how we view universal design and ...

Universal and Inclusive Design
The Good Men Project
UNIVERSAL DESIGN – This is a term that came out of architecture. Universal design is all about creating spaces that work for everyone, ...

Equitable by design
UM Today - University of Manitoba
Working to create a learning environment that is universal and inclusive ... Even if we are not consciously aware of it, we are all beneficiaries of ...

October 10, 2022

HBCU's Augment HyFlex Format Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Faculty Focus
The Hyflex model becomes more effective when accompanied by a course design that uses the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework.

Inclusive storytime at Hillsboro Library sparks PSU program
Portland Tribune
She was driven to provide a twice-monthly program designed around a program method called Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Ali can play and race with his brothers, thanks to an inclusive-design play centre
The soon-to-open non-profit centre Activate Central is a fresh example of inclusive design being used in recreational spaces in Sydney to ...

October 3, 2022

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) & Wellbeing Community of Practice | Wellness Collaborative
University of Waterloo
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) & Wellbeing Community of Practice. Feeling like another term of changes, unknowns, and stressors ahead as an ...

Good architecture leaves no one behind
Shopping Centre News
Looking back over the past decades reveals our shifting focus towards designing and building inclusive, accessible and diverse spaces.

The danger of importing bias into the Metaverse
Will it be diverse and inclusive or just serve the traditional few? ... Will designers consult frameworks like Universal Design for Learning (UDL) ...

September 26, 2022

Fort Wayne airport reveals newly renovated passenger area
Inside Indiana Business
“I love that Fort Wayne International Airport’s recent expansion project embraced the concepts of Universal Design independent of Federal mandates or state laws,”

Fully accessible housing should be a given, not a nice-to-have
Universal design is a way of designing homes so they work for everyone, regardless of age, size and ability.

Zorinsky Lake Playground project to receive $50,000
Imagine Inclusion says the park will replace a more than 30-year-old play structure and be inclusive beyond what the Americans with Disabilities Act requires.

September 19, 2022

Universal Design in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park
After being closed to cars during the pandemic, Rock Creek Park’s Beach Drive has become a haven for people with mobility impairments.

Small ways to transition your office into a more inclusive, 'Universal Design' space
While change takes time, there are some indicators that people are paying more attention to accessibility when designing spaces.

Universal design takes backseat in architecture education: Experts
The Charlatan
Advocates for people with disabilities said construction companies and the architects they work with continue to ignore the needs of the people they are supposed to serve.

September 12, 2022

How a car-free Beach Drive embodies universal design
Greater Greater Washington
A few conversations have centered on whether cars make the park more or less accessible to those with disabilities.

The nightmare of living with a disability in Nairobi
The Standard
The concept of universal design is critical in promoting accessibility, safety and affordability in transport infrastructure.

Opinion/Stead: Universal design concept should be part of plan to build more Cape housing
Cape Cod Times
These environments are meant to usable, accessible and inclusive.

September 5, 2022

Open access to research can close gaps for people with disabilities
Education and training should focus on principles of universal design

Designing for lifelong learning
Inclusivity is another parallel, in that universal design is an important part of both older adult and campus space design, intended to support everyone, regardless of their physical limitations. 

LETTER: Maple Ridge woman honoured to receive Queen’s platinum jubilee medal
Maple Ridge News
Yesterday, I was shown that someone was watching and acknowledged my 25 years of trying to create universal design for those who are sight-impaired.

August 29, 2022

Planning forward: whole system support for marginalised learners in higher education
Times Higher Education
Course design should focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

BUD speaks out about accessibility shortcomings
The Butler Collegian
Bulldogs for Universal Design “chalked” various buildings on Butler’s campus

The Last of Us Part 1 expands upon Naughty Dog's award-winning accessibility features
"To some extent, the principles behind accessibility are good universal design principles," game director Matthew Gallant says

August 22, 2022

How Federal Infrastructure Funds Can Build More Accessible Transit Systems
Route Fifty
It’s critical that policymakers and transit agencies get it right and prioritize projects that incorporate the concept of universal design to create inherently accessible transit and better serve all riders. 

Texthelp Releases U.S. Data Highlighting State of Learning for Students with Dyslexia
More inclusive approaches to learning, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), are the future of education.

Universal Design Studio creates ocean-inspired concept space for L’Oréal
Design Week
The space aims to “communicate big ideas” while keeping the carbon footprint small.

August 15, 2022

Erie County Fair adds sensory room and hours, as part of focus on universal design
The Erie County Fair has unveiled some new accessibility features this year to bring the event closer to its goal of universal accessibility.

Faculty at UTSA find an Ally to make their courses more accessible
UTSA Today
“While the law mandates accessibility, UTSA’s Digital Accessibility team understands that accessibility is necessary for some but beneficial to all,”

When the Variability of All Learners Is Addressed
ED Surge
The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) is one such network formed to ensure equity and support for students with disabilities and learning differences across education environments.

August 8, 2022

Universal Design: Tolerance For Error
Consider these seven principles, in relation to software, tools, or services within your organization.

Sac State launches new graduate degree meant to make online learning spaces more inclusive
Sacremento State
The Master of Arts in Universal Design for eLearning, which launches in the Fall 2022 semester, comes after the ongoing pandemic further blurred the line between traditional and virtual learning spaces

Can Universal Design be the magic bullet for an accessible Chennai?
Citizen Matters
If Chennai implements Universal Design perfectly, no resident will feel any inhibition while accessing urban spaces

August 1, 2022

How to encourage teachers to embrace universal design for learning
K-12 Dive
Once committed to UDL practices, teachers need strategies to remove inequities and learning barriers.

Universal Design Strategies Foster Intergenerational Living in Multifamily Communities
Rebusiness Online
Designing a community that will house, among other populations, active elderly adults should prioritize safety

From easy-open lids to magnetic button shirts: 10 examples of inclusive design
Midland Daily News
In this field, designers seek to include as many users as possible by making small changes that affect the accessibility of items or places.

July 25, 2022

Inclusive by Design: Accelerating Digital Transformation for the Global Goals
United Nations Development Programme
Digital transformation must be intentionally inclusive if it is to contribute to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Discover Recognized as 2022 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion
Business Wire
Discover led an event to discuss universal design and how it addresses accessibility for Discover’s customers

Human-Nature Garden to land on Rio Grande
The Sopris Sun
The project will also come together with universal design in mind, laying an ADA accessible pad and installing benches with help from the town.

July 18, 2022

Fostering Inclusivity in the College Classroom: Looking Through a Universal Design for Learning Lens
Faculty Focus
Students can benefit academically, socially, and emotionally when inclusion is practiced and fostered.

How accessible is your living space? Here are good reasons to adopt universal design
Nancy Reid, the executive director of the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador, says there's lots of personal and financial reasons to invest in accessible housing.

8 Essential Home Features for Aging in Place
Many aspects of universal design complement “aging in place”

July 11, 2022

What’s Missing in Modi Govt’s Plan to Secure ‘Accessibility’ for Persons with Disabilities
The Print
The policy also makes a distinctly progressive move by introducing ‘universal design’ as a key guiding principle towards making public spaces accessible to all.

U of A Assistant Professor Explores Arts-Based Strategies in Deaf Education
The Gateway
Joanne Weber is hoping to bring in arts-based approaches to create more opportunities for people with differences in learning.

Striving to make Easter Lake Park's north shore the most accessible park in America.
Polk County Iowa
Just three years ago it was merely a vision. Today the Athene North Shore Recreation Area is fully funded with construction crews poised to dig in.

July 5, 2022

General Recreation: The Evolution of Playground Design
Vista Today
The concept was called universal design.

Biesse India Along with IIID Bengaluru Organises a Workshop on Design Concepts
APN News
They further elaborated on key points by drawing commonalities between universal design thoughts across geography, culture and aspirations.

Major Accessibility Legislation is Coming: What You Need to Know
Creative Pro
A big piece of European Union (EU) legislation is coming and is set to have a dramatic impact on the marketplace, and even on how North American publishers operate.

June 27, 2022

CU Boulder Offers Digital Credential in Universal Design for Learning
Spot On Colorado
The credential offers an introduction to the principles of UDL.

Wilson College Students Design Adaptive Fashion for North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association
Wilson College News
The event included a fashion show featuring clothing and accessories created with the principle of universal design.

.F.D. Bluford Library Receives a Second Round of Funding to Support Student-Led Project
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Students will receive additional training on foundational elements for universal design.

June 20, 2022

How Jackson Hole’s ‘Deepest Darkest’ Mountain Bike Trail Welcomed Adaptive Riders
Gear Junkie
Watching a group of mountain bikers and adaptive athletes race down a trail together is undeniably moving.

Selma Blair Becomes Chief Creative Officer of Ability-Inclusive Beauty Brand Guide Beauty
Guide Beauty creates universally designed tools that make makeup application more accessible for everyone.

First Transformational Change Initiative Grants To Support Four Projects
WSU Insider
This UDL-centered project involves developing an online certificate program to increase the use of UDL in WSU classrooms

June 13, 2022

What Is Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Education Environment?
Educators can use technology to support UDL, which is a new way of thinking.

Funding announced for autism friendly campus on MTU
The first phase of funding is for universal design which will be allocated to education institutions this year.

Calvert County Educators Recognized by the Maryland Council for Social Studies
The Southern Maryland Chronicle
Jayme Pieretti's work with Universal Design for Learning is among the professional learning experiences that enable him to be a great teacher.

May 30, 2022

ONESIAM skywalk features Universal Design concept to enhance convenience and accessibility
The ONESIAM elevated skywalk connecting to the Pathumwan Intersection was designed with the concept of Universal Design...

Canadians want architects to help create more inclusive and accessible communities
Canadian Architect
National AccessAbility Week is upon us – with it, comes an opportunity to reflect on our responsibility to design communities that are inclusive...

Kenya’s digital products for PwDs
Techpoint Africa
“To accommodate all people in the society, inclusive design and universal design principles should be integrated into digital products and services.”

May 23, 2022

New 'digit' design to help people who have lost fingers | Rochester Minnesota news, weather, sports
Post Bulletin
Brand Sampson and Marty Frana of Rochester-based Limb Lab recently received a patent for the design of a new "universal digit" prosthetic.

How to structure your diversity statement for your academic job search 
University Affairs
One option is the open-access Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for Inclusion, ... How do you ensure your lab is an inclusive environment?

When Education Is Designed for All Learners
Propping up her vigorous routine are the poles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the perfect blend of education technology, ensuring that ...

May 16, 2022

How Cambridge's first universal design playground created accessible and artful fun
The Boston Globe
This wooden tower structure at Louis A. DePasquale Universal Design Playground can be accessed by walking across an elevated bridge, climbing up a ...

Urban Villages for People with Disabilities
Applying universal design principles ensures that pedestrian facilities accommodate all users including PWD, parents with strollers, workers with ...

How can we design more accessible musical instruments?
Design Week
Design Partners researcher Anusia Grennell shares insight into the world of musical instrument design and tips on establishing a more inclusive ...

May 9, 2022

During housing crisis, need for accessibility draws little attention
James Madison University
“We need more functional homes in the housing stock for people to choose from,” says Sarah Pruett, an occupational therapy instructor at James Madison ...

Inclusion and Accessibility in the Digital Space
Inclusive design: Inclusive design takes into account the full range of human experiences, including, but not limited to: ability, language, culture, ...

How Universal Design Can Inform Inclusive Fashion
NC State News - NC State University
That request ultimately led her to study “universal design,” a term that describes the practice of designing products and spaces that are accessible ...

May 2, 2022

What did you say? Abby Walker and collaborator receive funding to explore dialects 
VTx | Virginia Tech
Shuler has been designing an original research project that will supplement the larger project. According to Walker, Shuler is leading a ...

Enable all abilities at work; Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act to be implemented by June
The Economic Times
While designing a product, do you adopt universal design principles? It is for leaders and policymakers to create workplaces that are future-ready ...

Dreaming of a fully inclusive society: From rugby to parenting to CEO in a wheelchair 
Dan Buckingham experiences first-hand the difference an inclusive world ... while also embracing a key principle of universal design – design for ...

April 25, 2022

A Complete Introduction to Universal Design for Learning in Education
The West News
What is Universal Design for Learning, and how to get started with it? Thewestnews has the answer! Read a complete guide by an expert writer Phil ...

Inclusive strategies in CTE courses improve student engagement
K-12 Dive
Using universal design for learning approaches in career-prep courses allows student choice for studying and demonstrating knowledge, CTE experts ...

5 Ways to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive for What Is Now the Largest Minority Population
Inc. Magazine
Understand the process of Universal Design. Are your deck fonts accessible to people with visual impairments? Do your staff meeting videos have open ...

April 18, 2022

5 Ways to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive for What Is Now the Largest Minority Population
Inc. Magazine
Understand the process of Universal Design. Are your deck fonts accessible to people with visual impairments? Do your staff meeting videos have open ...

How the Shelby County Sheriff's Office helped children who are visually-impaired have a great Easter
We also hope this will start a dialogue about accessibility, inclusion, and universal design,” said Stephanie Jones, Communication Skills ...

Universal design making sailing on the river possible for all through the work of Hansa ...
Batemans Bay Post
Hansa Sailing continues its fantastic reputation as it exists as one of the world leaders in 'Universal Design', ...

April 11, 2022

Universal design walk-in showers bring comfort and safety to the entire family
Warwick Beacon
Basic principles of universal design focus on functionality, and in the bathroom that might mean adding strategic lighting, slip-resistant flooring ...

Bulldogs for Universal Design tackle curb issues on campus
The Butler Collegian
A key part of universal design is that it works to benefit both disabled and able-bodied students. Sophomore elementary education major Gracie Moore ...

Associate Professor Jessica Hunt Shares Benefits of Inclusive, Game-Based Learning ...
NC State College of Education - NC State University
Our project is working to produce empirical evidence demonstrating how the design principles in the game and wraparound curriculum help teachers to ...

April 4, 2022

Fostering accessibility through universal design
VTx | Virginia Tech
... ergonomics and technology while learning about universal design — design that allows differently abled people to use a space equally.

Designing with Inclusivity in Mind
San Antonio Magazine
A UTSA professor is teaching universal design in hopes of creating a generation of architects who will craft spaces for every age and ability.

'All the small things' blocking access for people with disabilities
Irish Examiner
Universal design is a philosophy of design, which envisages that design of a building, product, or service from the outset and throughout should ...

March 28, 2022

'All the small things' blocking access for people with disabilities
Irish Examiner
Universal design is a philosophy of design, which envisages that design of a building, product, or service from the outset and throughout should ...

Japanese jam jar lids close on their own, as if by magic
Either way, the low physical effort involved in closing the jar makes it a fantastic example of universal design, and one we hope other ...

Local Opinion: Designing a world for everyone to use
Arizona Daily Star
Her creative work has been widely published. Tags. Kristen Hoggatt-abader · Paralympic Winter Games · Universal Design. Respond: Write a letter to ...

March 21, 2022

Dwarfism, disability and why universal design matters
Media Nation
It's on the importance of universal design and focuses on the work of Angela Van Etten, a longtime activist with Little People of America and the ...

Disability and Accessibility
Houghton STAR
Firstly, the mention of handicap door openings. This is something that falls under the term Universal Design (UD). I first learned about UD in my ...

Not Built For Me: Disabled people stuck in inaccessible state housing
Universal design is the gold standard for accessibility. With features including wider doorways, step-free access and slip-resistant flooring, it ...

March 14, 2022

Accessibility Insights makes code more accessible
Microsoft has made inclusive design a key platform in its own products, using a “solve for one, extend to many” model that aims to understand ...

Inclusion: How can schools give every learner a fair chance?
The Standard
There are four important strategies for educators to consider when designing an inclusive classroom. Use universal design principles. Universal Design ...

Democratic assessment: why, what, and how
Times Higher Education (THE)
Is your assessment inclusive and culturally sensitive as well as ... Approach your assessments with a universal design for learning lens to make ...

March 7, 2022

Mentoring and teaching women with disabilities in universities
Times Higher Education (THE)
Inclusive teaching and mentoring practices that support women with ... Resources on Universal Design Learning, pedagogy, and classroom activities ...

Using technology innovation for greater inclusivity
The Peninsula Qatar
Inclusive design - also referred to as universal design and design for all - is a call towards more inclusivity in product design and development ...

Seoul moves forward with sweeping barriers off the way
Travel Daily News Asia
SEOUL, KOREA- Seoul Tourism Organization won the grand prize at the first Seoul Universal Design Awards for its barrier-free environment creation ...

February 28, 2022

The case for using universal design for learning at your institution
Times Higher Education
Two experts on equity and inclusion discuss the role that universal design for learning can play in improving university students' academic ...

Bringing an inclusive mindset to the design of our world
The Globe and Mail
“Inclusive design is an approach to design and business,” says Donna Saccutelli, also a professor in the Graphic Design program. “A starting point is ...

Designing Accessible Products For Users With Disabilities
Women Fitness Magazine
Companies and designers need to consider universal design to simplify life for everyone. This is possible with the creation of the right products, ...

February 21, 2022

USAID Announces Commitments at the Global Disability Summit
US Agency for International Development
... promote the Universal Design for Learning approach in all new education programs, and increase disability-inclusive initiatives at all levels ...

Building accessible brands: the missing link of D&I
The Drum
If accessibility is treated as post-design translation for specific needs, ... approach to embrace a universal culture of inclusive design.

Accessibility Isn't Easy: What 'Easy Mode' Debates Miss About Bringing Games to Everyone
And through inclusive design ideas like this, difficulty modes wouldn't be a necessity. And in general, the argument comes back to that - the actual ...

February 14, 2022

Molly Burke on What Needs to Happen Next for a More Accessible Beauty Industry
"I think what's going to happen with accessible design or universal design is the exact thing that happened a few years ago with shade ranges. The ...

Small changes can make college teaching more inclusive
Inside Higher Ed
Small Changes to Adopt Inclusive Pedagogical Practices ... a specific class session to try applying universal design for learning approaches, ...

Maintaining Accessibility in Banking Channels
BBG Architecture Life
Miranda Capra, director of inclusive design at financial services ... FIs have multiple sources for guidance on designing digital channels for ...

February 7, 2022

Evolving Tools and Emerging Tech Heighten Benefits of Accessible Design
StateTech Magazine
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation calls on governments to serve as early adopters of inclusive augmented reality and virtual ...

Rethinking Tech Design with an Accessibility-First Approach
More and more, companies are realizing (either willingly, or painfully via lawsuit) that they need to start designing their applications and websites accessibility-first.

Engineering Accessible Experiences from the Ground Up
We are excited that we now have an opportunity as we build our next-gen entertainment platform, to integrate accessibility as a core component throughout the tech stack.

January 31, 2022

Fashion for people with disabilities celebrated at Australian Fashion Week
BBG Architecture Life
AAFW has focused on becoming more diverse and inclusive recently and this year, Indigenous designers will make a return to the event in a wider ...

8 best adaptable clothing brands for people with disabilities 
New York Post
Fast forward to the present day and Billy has created a brand that focuses on universal design. Advertisement. Many of the shoe styles feature velcro, ...

Digital accessibility: the billion-customer opportunity for brands 
BBG Architecture Life
Designing for ability-based differences is core to a solid DEI strategy, ... Apply Microsoft's inclusive design principles and tools to prioritize ...

January 24, 2022

Webex's New Features Aim To Create 'A More Inclusive Collaboration Experience' 
“Understanding how assistive technologies are used is important to develop products and features that work for everyone. At Webex, our design, ...

Autism service preferences of parents/guardians and autistic adults in five countries
DocWire News
General services can use a Universal Design approach and collaborate with autism-specific and mixed-disability services to increase accessibility ...

Top 10 Accessibility and Inclusive Design Highlights of 2021
Newz Hook
As we bid adieu to 2021, lets have a look at the top accessibility and inclusive design highlights of the year. 

January 17, 2022

Universal Design and Artificial Intelligence
Mind Matters
Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by ...

At-Home Coronavirus Tests Are Inaccessible to Blind People
The New York Times
With visual cues and complex steps, at-home coronavirus tests are often inaccessible to blind people. But some low- and high-tech workarounds could help.

Adaptive clothing: How it makes life easier for people living with a disability
The South African
This shoe is an example of Universal Design – a principle that proposes products should be designed in such a way that anybody can use them.

January 10, 2022

Academic Minute | Universal Design for Learning Techniques in Virtual Formats
Inside Higher Ed
We have many ways to present information for students in today's world. In today's Academic Minute, Empire State College's Melissa Wells discusses ...

Disruptive innovation in the classroom: making higher education more accessible to a large ...
Times Higher Education (THE)
Universal Design for Learning guides educators to provide “multiple means of expression and action” – give students opportunities to show what they ...

The experiences, needs and barriers of people with impairments related to usability and ...
DocWire News
By applying universal design as a strategy and including people with different ... developers can design solutions with better accessibility.

January 3, 2022

Behind the Effort to Make Sidewalks Accessible
Many sidewalks are inaccessible to people who use a walker or wheelchair, or those with baby carriages. But there are efforts to change that. Jon Froehlich, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the UW, is interviewed.

How to make a bathroom beautiful and accessible
Oregon Live
Good design is universal. Consider iPhones, a good example of how the more user-friendly and simpler a design gets, the more accessible it becomes ...

Top 10 Accessibility and Inclusive Design Highlights of 2021 
BBG Architecture Life
Top 10 Accessibility and Inclusive Design Highlights of 2021 · McDonald's India Unveils New EATQUAL Packaging Design · Innovation Challenge to encourage ...

5 “W”s of an Accessible Website | Legal Internet Solutions Inc. 
JD Supra
Universal design—design intended to work for everyone—benefits cascade into the broader community. Consider the curb cut—there's even something ...

December 27, 2021

Designing for disability
It integrates universal design principles — including assistive technologies spread throughout the space — designed to aid users with a variety of ...

Minister Harris launches report on education inclusion for learners with intellectual disabilities
... for Universal Design for Learning in Further Education and Training. ... Inclusive further and higher education is everybody's business, ...

Paraplegic real estate agent tackles housing accessibility 
The Washington Post
A universal design incorporates standard building products or design features — such as wider doors, stepless entrances or lower countertops — so ...

December 20, 2021

Taskar Center launches first mobile version of AccessMap pedestrian trip planning tool for Android and iOS
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering
Rather than this one-size-fits-all approach, AccessMap empowers people by giving them the ability to tailor a route that suits them as individuals. 

The universal symbol system making beauty products accessible to blind consumers ...
Packaging Europe
According to Watts: “Universal Design is based on the belief that by designing products for special needs first, those products work better for ...

Inclusive services that put a stop to digital inequality
Open Access Government
To design inclusively you need to work with a diverse range of people to understand needs, strengths, behaviours and opportunities. Prior to our work ...

Next stop: a transport system accessible for all
Horizon Magazine Blog
They have created a toolbox featuring universal design principles that include accessibility standards for transport services, plus cybersecurity ...

December 13, 2021

Universal design for learning: an introduction and getting started
Times Higher Education (THE)
So how can we as educators best meet the needs of our disparate cohorts of learners? The universal design for learning (UDL) framework provides a very ...

Inclusive services that put a stop to digital inequality
Open Access Government
To design inclusively you need to work with a diverse range of people to understand needs, strengths, behaviours and opportunities. Prior to our work ...

How edtech startup Continual Engine is making e-learning accessible with AI
BBG Architecture Life
In addition, inclusive design is making products effective, efficient and satisfying, keeping user experience in mind for not just physically ...

December 6, 2021

Partnering with Persons with Disabilities for an Accessible and Sustainable Post-COVID World
SDG Knowledge Hub - International Institute for Sustainable Development
Governments should mainstream universal design principles into national development plans, not only in disability-specific laws and policies.

Designing universal access to ocean pools
The University of Sydney
School of Architecture, Design and Planning postgraduate students met a design brief to provide universal access to Australia's ocean pools, ...

Integrating disability inclusion in disaster risk management: the whys and hows
Universal Design illustrates how disability-inclusive DRM programs improve the lives of many, in addition to persons with disabilities.

November 29, 2021

Remodel with Universal Design in Mind
Pasadena Now
Universal design, on the other hand, does more than make living spaces more accessible for those with disabilities. It expands on regulations to ...

‘Inclusive design’ has become so widely used that it’s meaningless. That has to change
Fast Company
Despite its good intentions, inclusive design often fails to treat disabled people as equals.

Designing an inclusive workplace, one space at a time
Benefits Pro
Inclusive office design is all about accommodating your employees, giving them choices and flexibility.

November 22, 2021

Accessibility: A roadmap for creating an equitable experience
The pandemic has driven every organization to depend on digital, making it critical that online services are accessible to everyone...

Gerontechnology: Removing the barriers between digital tools and aging generations
Gerontechnology is presented as a type of assistive technology and universal design...

The Inside Outside Guys: Universal design helps people age at home
Detroit News
This type of design can be done one time for the same money an elder might spend for a single year or two of care in a facility.

November 15, 2021

Universally designed play park fundraising close to $600 K
It aims to include the seven points of Universal Design, used as a guide for projects such as this. Universal Design is the design and composition ...

The experience of performing arts for students with disabilities
The Daily UW
Generally, UW tries to follow the principle of universal design, which means that products and spaces are intended to be accessible for as many people as possible...

Mastercard Introduces Accessible Card Design for Blind Users
The Wall Street Jounral
The new Touch Card will use distinct notches to help distinguish between a debit, credit or prepaid card...

November 8, 2021

Houston METRO: The future of transit is an inclusive one
Mass Transit
Houston METRO's newly remodeled Northwest Transit Center exemplifies universal design. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston ...

'Universal Design' could allow seniors to stay in their home as they get older
CBS 58 Newsroom
"Universal Design" is a design school of thought built around these situations...

Universal Design for Learning: 5 Strategies That Benefit Neurodiverse Students
Universal Design for Learning is a teaching approach that aims to support and encourage all types of students, including those with ADHD and learning differences...

November 1, 2021

Digital learning must be accessible to all in today's inclusive classrooms - The Irish Times
The Irish Times
So, what exactly is Universal Design for Learning, or UDL? When designing learning materials, especially digital learning materials, we need to ...

Lesson of the Day: 'A Future for People With Disabilities in Outer Space Takes Flight' - The ...
The New York Times
Then, you will think about accessibility and universal design in your community. Warm-Up. Do you want to travel to space? When we asked students this ...

Disabili-tea: The inaccessibility of higher education - The Williams Record
The Williams Record
Universal design is the final stage, an engineering of campus spaces to be genuinely inclusive and anticipate diversity rather than react to it.

October 25, 2021

Accessible Access That Exceeds Expectations - Campus Safety Magazine
Campus Safety Magazine
Universal design is an approach to designing that meets the needs of every student—regardless of their abilities—so they can all have the same ...

India must build, re-build its courts for disabled. Judicial infra key to justice delivery - ThePrint
The Rules, based on principles of universal design, made it mandatory for all public buildings to conform to the “harmonised guidelines for built ...

Nery Recognized For Work Supporting Students With Disabilities | Palm Desert, CA Patch
... supporting faculty to ensure all instructional materials are accessible and advocating for Universal Design for Learning, a framework for ...

October 18, 2021

Battery pack | Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
Universal Design features. By introducing perforations and writing on the packaging, this product is unchanged although this packaging design ...

Gather knowledge of learners and context - TKI - Inclusive Education
TKI - Inclusive Education - Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI)
Suggestion for implementing the strategy How to plan using UDL within the Guide to Universal Design for Learning.

Supporting Information | Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
Contents · Web accessibility techniques · Universal Design for ICT · Web and mobile app accessibility · Research: Measures to Improve Accessibility of ...

October 11, 2021

CILT Project Aims to Build a More Inclusive Learning Environment | UCT News
University of Cape Town News
Intentional design will focus on creating a variety of learning materials and activities to cater for diverse student contexts, different learning needs ...

Creating Opportunities For People With Disabilities In STEM Careers - Forbes
For example, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an appropriate framework to implement STEM education for students with disabilities.

Beyond Vision to Move from Milwaukee to Larger Facility in West Allis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The new space will also reflect a universal design concept, which includes audio smart phone interface navigation systems, textured flooring for blind ...

October 4, 2021

Universal Design: Is Your Campus Inclusive?
Campus Rec Magazine
Universal design is imperative in your facility. And here's why. Jenna Allen was on her way to class on her first day of college.

NCPEDP Mphasis Universal Design Awards: Creating a disabled-friendly India - EastMojo
NCPEDP Mphasis Universal Design awards: Creating a disabled-friendly India. A total of 12 winners were announced during the ceremony held virtually this year ...

Educational Equity for Students with Disabilities | Higher Ed Gamma
Inside Higher Ed
An outgrowth of “universal design” in architecture, an effort to make physical environments universally accessible, universal design for learning is rooted ...

September 20, 2021

Access Center broadens its scope with eye towards inclusion and awareness
A steady stream of smiling children came through the doors at SENSES gym in Shelbyville on a recent Tuesday morning, and it wasn’t hard to see why ...

How companies can make their remote working inclusive for the deaf and blind
As remote working takes a greater hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, a wealth of opportunities can open up for people that may not have existed before ...

Fully accessible guide to smart home tech for the disabled and elderly
ZD Net
Smart home devices and technology can be a huge help to the elderly and those with disabilities ...

September 13, 2021

Bringing Theories to Practice: Universal Design Principles and the Use of Social Annotation to Support Neurodiverse Students
There are three core principles of UDL outlined by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) ...

Are Japan's taxis really becoming wheelchair-friendly? One model's experience suggests not
The Manichi
A Tokyo resident who uses a wheelchair was trying to use a taxi on the day before the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic opening ceremony when the driver suddenly shouted at her in a way that made her feel like she was being told to get out ...

These Smart Home Devices Can Enhance Independence for People With Disabilities and Mobility Needs
The New York Times
Smart-home devices can sometimes feel almost magical ...

September 6, 2021

Access Center broadens its scope with eye towards inclusion and awareness
WSU Insider
The Washington State University Access Center has broadened its primary mission of providing accommodations to students with disabilities to include promoting awareness of disability issues, networking with faculty, advising event planners ...

Accessibility in gaming: there’s more work to be done
Accessibility in gaming has come a long way, but gaming’s still not near as progressive as it needs to be ...

Do we need equity or equality to make things ‘fair’? Actually, we need both
The Campus
Fair, to some people, means everyone getting the same thing. But that’s only fair if everyone begins at the same place and needs the same things to succeed, says Todd Zakrajsek ...

More Companies Are Looking to Hire Accessibility Specialists
The Wall Street Journal
Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, lawsuits, and diversity and inclusion efforts explain the increase in accessibility job postings, advocates and executives say ...

August 30, 2021

Hoodies and zippers make life harder for people with disabilities. Social Surge’s adaptive, gender-neutral clothing looks to ‘flip the script’.
Chicago Tribune
You may think nothing about putting on a hoodie when you need or want to, but for some people its design may still prove difficult to manage ...

Get on board with accessible design or lose sales, warns expert
KBB Review
Accessible kitchen design expert Adam Thomas has encouraged KBB retailers to get to grips with inclusive and universal design or risk losing sales ...

Grocers grapple with digital accessibility as e-commerce grows
Grocery Dive
When Save-On-Foods updated its app in January to better accommodate shoppers during the pandemic, it ended up inadvertently introducing barriers for visually impaired consumers ...

Ideal Homes communities now offer options for aging in place
The Norman Transcript
A Norman-headquartered home builder is now constructing houses designed to make life easier for those with mobility limitations in Norman, Moore and Stillwater ...

August 23, 2021

Creating More Accessible, Inclusive Buildings
As the U.S. debates where to invest in infrastructure, architects and disability advocates say the principles of universal design will benefit everyone ...

How Martin McKay And Texthelp Is Making Literacy More Accessible In The Classroom And In The Workplace
... Texthelp currently has 40 million users, adding that they want to be looked at as the “go-to” for dyslexic people and be champions of that community ...

Google adds facial expression recognition to Android Accessibility Suite beta version
Tech Xplore
A team at XDA Developers has discovered that Google has added facial expression recognition to the beta version of the Android Accessibility Suite ...

Carnegie Learning and CAST Awarded $2 Million from US Department of Education to Develop Support for Reading in Mathematics
Yahoo Finance
Carnegie Learning, a leader in artificial intelligence for education and formative assessment, is proud to announce a new project to develop a Math and Reading Acquisition Co-Adaptive System ...

August 16, 2021

Intergenerational Initiative Will Offer Toys with a Purpose in Hazard
University of Kentucky News
... Toys with a Purpose, a new intergenerational initiative ... will establish a lending library to support child development and promote learning through play by improving access to free adapted toys in Eastern Kentucky ...

10 Tips for Engaging Students With Learning Disabilities
Digital Journal
Over the years, countries across the world have been making more efforts towards inclusion, making way for students with learning disabilities to study in regular schools ...

Universal design and forward thinking in retail centres
Shopping Centre News
Experience is everything in retail, and delivering the best possible shopping experience means keeping people and goods flowing ...

Twitter’s web redesign isn’t as accessible as it should be, experts say
Tech Crunch
After teasing its new font in January, Twitter made some major changes to its website and app design this week. But while Twitter framed these updates as making the platform “more accessible,” some accessibility experts say that these changes missed the mark ...

Don’t adjust your screen: Twitter has a new font for improved accessibility
The Next Web
Yes, you’re not the only one. All of us logging into Twitter last night had a little shock when we saw a new set of fonts and design changes across the platform ...

August 9, 2021

Disability Stylist Stephanie Thomas Is Done Asking the Fashion Industry For Favors
... Stephanie herself is a woman with a disability, and she's spent nearly 14 years as a stylist, dressing people with disabilities and consulting with brands, like Nike and Kohl's, on their adaptive clothing lines ...

Make educational institutions disability friendly
Graphic Online
... According to the Children’s Act, 1998, children with disabilities have the right to be educated with their non-disabled counterparts ...

Paralympic Swimmer Mallory Weggemann Opens Her Accessible Minnesota Home to AD
Architectural Digest
... As a wheelchair user who’s paralyzed from the waist down, Weggemann is like millions of Americans who’ve struggled to find an accessible home ...

Who Will Serve Me? Looking at Customer Experience Differently
Customer Think
What many don’t realise is that life for older folk has become increasingly difficult ... The digital barriers are now too high – the tech advantage that we take for granted is making their lives difficult ...

RIT students take on accessibility and medical care challenges by design
The two College of Art and Design students played integral roles in this summer’s Studio930 design consultancy, an interdisciplinary studio that focuses on the development of assistive healthcare solutions ...

August 2, 2021

The hidden way the Tokyo Olympics could forever change the city itself
Fast Company
Japan National Stadium in Tokyo was meant to be the enduring icon of the 2020 Summer Olympics ...

Creating customer value through inclusive design
Forbes India
Inclusive Design of products, services or experiences, embraces the core idea that when product offerings are designed to meet the needs of underserved consumers ...

Education of Children with Disabilities during Covid-19 pandemic
Daily Excelsior
... Because of covid-19 restrictions, online learning was the only solution globally but children with disabilities have special needs ...

'A modest amount of consideration:' Winnipeg man raising accessibility concerns to city
CTV News
A Winnipeg man is raising concerns about accessibility in Winnipeg after one intersection in the city had the wrong auditory signals being used ...

July 26, 2021

Applying Universal Design for Learning in Remote Classrooms
The Tech Edvocate
Now that education has changed so drastically due to COVID-19, bringing on the use of remote classrooms, some teachers find using UDL a bit trickier ...

A path to fully inclusive community hubs
The Remi Network
As the pandemic exacerbates social distance and long-standing inequalities, the idea of creating inclusive community hubs ... is gaining significant momentum ...

An industry grows around helping people stay in their homes as they grow older.
Montery County Weekly
Tregenza’s interest in becoming a certified specialist grew out of learning about the concept of universal design, a foundation of aging in place ...

 The New U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum In Colorado Springs
Montery County Weekly
... the team consulted a committee of Paralympic athletes and persons with disabilities to ensure that, from entrance to exit, all visitors with or without disabilities could tour the USOPM facility together ...

July 19, 2021

Seoul city adopts discrimination-free design for public restrooms
The Korea Times
Seoul Metropolitan Government and the affiliated Seoul Universal Design Center (Seoul UDC) have selected the restrooms at three community service centers ... for remodeling as part of the city's efforts to bring inclusive design to urban civic spaces ...

JCPenney Unveils Clothing Aimed At Kids With Disabilities
Disability Scoop
A major department store is rolling out a new line of children’s clothes with adaptive features and will also be selling a host of accessories for adults and kids with disabilities ...

How Infrastructure Decides Who Enjoys Dignity And Health
... In Urban Planning, universal design means making urban spaces equally accessible to everyone. It’s not what happens in most cities ...

Create multiple ways for learners to express what they know – UDL and Moodle
Universal Design for Learning involves using a variety of teaching methods or pedagogical approaches that provide learners with a range of ways to access learning material, engage with it and exhibit the knowledge that they have acquired ...

Design Meets Function: Geberit Imagines An Easier and More Enjoyable Life at Singapore Interior Design Festival 2021
Markets Insider
Titled "Design Meets Function", Wong highlighted four trends in home design, including smaller, better-designed homes, universal design and accessibility features, a healthy living environment, and technology incorporated into homes ...

July 12, 2021

Rethinking public transport through the lens of universal accessibility
Elets News Network
... The role of any public transport system in essence is not just to enable mobility, but to also augment economic opportunities, and improve access to education, employment, health, and overall quality of life ...

Nafisa Baboo on Making Our Educational Spaces Disability-Inclusive
The Wire
As schools move towards more inclusive models of education, we speak to Nafisa Baboo about her journey as a disability-inclusive educator ...

Mahima Bhalla on Why We Need to Shift from 'Special' to Inclusive Education
The Wire
Belongg speaks to Mahima Bhalla, a learning support teacher at the American Embassy School, New Delhi, about the difference between the two approaches and how inclusive schools can be made sustainable for all stakeholders ...

A dream made possible aboard a 58-foot catamaran
Shelter Island Reporter
... Impossible Dream was conceptualized by Mike Brown, a paraplegic with dreams of sailing in a vessel that could be fully operated by a person in a wheelchair ...

How to Prepare for the Next Phase of Hybrid Teaching
Come fall, will college students be bustling through campus hallways, taking their seats in classrooms large and small? ...

July 5, 2021

Beauty blind spot: People with disabilities
Vogue Business
While the beauty industry has become more inclusive in some areas, it remains a realm exclusively designed for the able-bodied, critics say ...

Education Technology Must Be Accessible For All Students
The Journal
... Aside from the overarching challenges of learning from home, the nation’s nearly 7 million students with disabilities had additional obstacles to overcome during the pandemic ...

US agencies tasked with annual diversity reporting in new Biden order
Global Government Forum
President Biden has signed a new executive order aimed at removing the multiple workplace barriers faced by US federal employees from disadvantaged communities ...

Changing the equation on LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion
... Masure believes that all organizations should design their technology with everyone in mind and focus on developing code designed for the least-privileged groups ...

June 28, 2021

Grant helps provide a place for everyone to play at Evergreen Community Charter School
ABC News
Students at Evergreen Community Charter School in Asheville are enjoying the world around them. And now...the outdoor spaces will be even more inclusive for children with special needs ...

City of Miami Beach votes on $2.5 million deal to build nation’s first adaptive fitness center for people with disabilities
7 News WSVN
An organization is building a pathway to fitness for those with disabilities ...

An Inclusive Design Process for Breakthrough Research
Lab Manager
The scientific research community is among the most diverse that institutional and corporate organizations serve. Shouldn’t laboratory planning, architecture, and design reflect that diversity ...

June 21, 2021

New Universal Design for Learning guidance published
The Anglo-Celt
The Further Education and Training (FET) sector in Ireland should be aiming to reduce the barriers to learning for all learners in Cavan and across the entire further education and training sector, rather than mitigating against them ...

How The eLearning Space Has Changed In The Last Year
The eLearning space has been forever changed by the events of the last year ...

Inclusivity, Access and Resilience: Much More than Meeting ADA
The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) released exciting news on the development of two important initiatives ...

June 14, 2021

Carolina Panthers announce donation to new park for special needs athletes
WCNC Charlotte
Miracle Park is an inclusive place in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where people with all different abilities can compete in a full range of sports ...

From Face-to-Face to Online UDeL Camps: Supporting Staff at Higher Education Institutions in Developing Universal Design for eLearning (UDeL)
National Library of Medicine
The TINEL Project is running a series of camps for staff at higher education institution to support them in developing inclusive eLearning ...

Verbit eyes public offering as it reaches $1 billion valuation
Verbit, a transcription technology company, will look to go public after announcing its most recent round of $157 million in funding on Tuesday, according to a news release ...

Using Inclusive Teaching Strategies to Promote Greater Success Among Minority Students
Faculty Focus
Making learning accessible through an inclusive learning community is crucial for all students to feel seen, valued, and to maximize their potential by implementing a safe space ...

June 7, 2021

Accessibility Planning for Higher Education Campuses in India: A Contextual Approach to Universal Design
National Library of Medicine
Accessibility in higher education campuses of India paves way for inclusion ...

Global learning technology leader D2L is continuing to help make online learning more accessible for learners of all abilities ...

Universal design in public transport ticketing systems: A case study in Oslo and Amsterdam
... when we are striving to adopt universal design solution with built-in adaptability, affinity and capability to accommodate people with diverse capabilities; it is essential to know that whether we are close to achieving this goal of ‘design for all’ ...

May 31, 2021

Learning Without Limits: Increasing Tech Accessibility in the K–12 Classroom
EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
When it comes to finding the most beneficial AT to help both students and teachers, Horowitz points to the Universal Design for Learning. This model ...

11 resources to avoid the summer slide
eSchool News
Built on Universal Design for Learning principles, EquatIO supports a wide range of learning styles and preferences meaning that it enables students ...

Flexibility is key if we want students to connect with their studies
Times Higher Education (THE)
Universal design for learning (UDL) is not only built on the premise that all learners differ, it values that variability and sees those differences as a ...

Agencies ramp up inclusion efforts for the disabled community
PR Week
... but that content is accessible for all with universal design principles,” Friedman said. “It's not enough to bolt accessibility onto a website, content, ...

Landmark agreement catapults Para-sport research to next level
UQ News
“Considering the role of universal design in research can solve problems that may not only improve the performances of our athletes, but spark ...

May 24, 2021

How Do We Know the Needs of the Students?
Faculty Focus
I was recently presenting a workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and I was discussing learner variability, interests, and preferences as a ...

Home Front: Designs that can withstand the test of time
Conway Daily Sun
Universal design addresses the needs of anyone regardless of their age, size, ability, mobility or disability. Common features of a universally designed ...

May 17, 2021

Putting safety first
Bangkok Post
Universal Design Academy is hoping to inspire architects and designers to make buildings more accessible and secure...

Blackboard 'Ally' tool aids course design for students with disabilities
Blackboard's lessons derived from the Ally data address accessibility and universal design, promoting flexible course formats and making accessible ...

Young Tastemakers Include Wellness Design Products In Their 30s Choice Awards
Voice control is one of them, making it easier for someone with vision or mobility limitations to cook, (an accessibility benefit)...

May 10, 2021

Designed for Everyone: How COVID-19 conversations could change higher education for the better
Oregon Daily Emerald
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) takes this and applies it to the classroom. The goal of UDL is to design teaching to be flexible so as to remove as ...

Library programming for autistic children and teens
... and best practices in the library rooted in the principles of Universal Design;; step-by-step programs from librarians across the country, adaptable for ...

Rethinking the Race
Inside Higher Ed
Guidelines for universal design for learning offer one framework; liberatory design thinking can also be applied to higher education. As the Association ...

May 3, 2021

Universal Design for Learning planning tool
NSW Department of Education
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to help teachers design teaching and learning that supports all students. Instructional methods ...

If You Build Automated Vehicles, Will Older Adults Come?
The lesson of universal design – that making products work for some can improve them for all – can be applied to AVs. A lesson from conventional cars: ...

April 26, 2021

Affordable And Adaptable Houses For First-Time Homeowners
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Solar Decathlon 2020 entry, focused on a growing market of young professional homeowners seeking an affordable home that can adapt to...

Intelligence++ Competition Winners Announced
Syracuse University News
... with principles of universal design accessible to everyone. “MeetCute is a safe and inclusive app for everyone looking to meet compatible people for ...

April 19, 2021

Why COVID-19 Has Made Universal Design More Important for Seniors, Home-Based Care Providers
Home Health Care News
“Universal design emphasizes equitable use and low physical effort,” Rosemarie Rossetti, president of Rossetti Enterprises, told Home Health Care ...

Oakland University increases web accessibility effort
Universal design for learning is an approach to designing class activities that allow students to have more choice in how they engage with the material. “ ...

Ascending into an Open Future
American Libraries
Access and universal design learning. Academic libraries are responsible for providing accessible collection materials to patrons with disabilities, but ...

Accessibility isn’t an add-on when it comes to awards
Planning, BIM & Construction Today
But the existence of dedicated awards that reward universal design doesn't take away from the fact that all buildings should be accessible and ...

April 12, 2021

How to Incorporate Universal Design Features Into Your Home
The Laconia Daily Sun
COVID-19 has led many homeowners to rethink the way that their homes live and operate, as telecommuting to work and school has increased significantly in the past...

Suffolk Celebrates Opening of New Inclusive Playground with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Inclusive play incorporates universal design to create a space so children who have different abilities can interact and play together. The design also ...

April 5, 2021

Museum of Surrey Receives $66,987 for Universal Design Upgrade to Facility
The two grants provide funding to upgrade all staff and public washrooms to universal design standards including automatic flushing mechanisms, ...

New Research Connects Vehicle and Infrastructure Design for Barrier-Free Mobility
Understanding how Universal Design language could impact automated vehicles. Building vehicles and infrastructure that meet the needs of 85 percent ...

March 29, 2021

Berkeley Talks transcript: Bess Williamson on the history of disability and design
UC Berkeley
The universal design is sort of gaining traction just at the same time as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1990 is ...

ETSU ranks sixth among Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
Johnson City Press
“Tutors receive training in how to best support students with learning disabilities, universal design principles and best practices in online tutoring.

How to Structure Your Online Class for Inclusion: Two Principles for Fostering Engagement, Part 2
Faculty Focus
... is becoming increasingly popular for supporting engagement within and among diverse student audiences is Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

New tool offers students an easier way to read material on Canvas
American River Current
“Audio, which is a Universal Design for Learning, is at its best since many of us learn better by listening and students can take the recording and listen ...

March 22, 2021

Spotlight on Universal Design: Q&A with Stanis Smith
Canadian Architect
The term 'Universal Design' was coined by architect Ronald Mace to describe the concept of designing products and the built environment to be ...

Neurodiversity Alliance to advocate for and support neurodiverse Wolf Pack community
Nevada Today
Newly formed alliance to focus on Universal Design Learning, breaking down institutional barriers and creating, supporting University neurodiverse ...

Inaugural International Women’s Day Award for Inclusive Practices awarded
Nevada Today
“We're trying to show how universal design for learning can help everyone in school—not just people with disabilities, but everyone.” The need for the ...

Neurodiversity Alliance
Nevada Today
We advocate Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to learning that recognizes variation in human cognition and neurological conditions ...

Neurodiversity and the University
Nevada Today
The NA advocates Universal Design for Learning, an approach to learning that recognizes variation in human cognition and neurological conditions ...

March 15, 2021

Embracing Universal Design for Learning with Moodle
At its core, universal design for learning involves using a variety of teaching methods or pedagogical approaches that provide learners with a range of ...

Improving Accessibility for Students and Faculty with Disabilities
EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
A year later, many higher education institutions are still struggling to achieve universal design. A growing share of online coursework now contains ...

I Shouldn’t Have to Dehumanize My Son to Get Him Support
The Nation
Universal design is a core concept in the disability world. Initially developed in the 1970s with the goal of designing objects and spaces to maximize ...

March 8, 2021

Don’t Limit Your Learners’ Experience
Universal design is all around us. Whether it be the products we buy, architecture and interior furnishings, or the websites we log on to, universal design ...

Designing spaces with marginalized people in mind makes them better for everyone
Popular Science
Those suggested tweaks come thanks to research by the DeafSpace Project, a universal design effort from architect Hansel Bauman and Gallaudet ...

Residents learn more about plans for Ballinger Park accessible playground
MLT News
He provided a definition of universal design that calls for a “process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human ...

March 1, 2021

Universal design for learning in computing | Hello World #15
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for considering how tools and resources can be used to reduce barriers and support all learners.

Mobility Matters conference models accessible remote learning with virtual national park field trip
Portland State University
“Universal design is a design philosophy that embraces inclusion. It challenges us to consider the many ways that information can be presented and ...

Why Accessible Design Is Essential for Creating a More Inclusive World
Yahoo Lifestyle
As opposed to universal design, Schaffer believes accessible design is all about creating barrier-free environments. While this is primarily thought of ...

February 22, 2021

Guest Column: Universal Design helps everyone, so why is Closed Captioning a luxury?
Central Michigan Life
As a hearing-impaired student on campus, the idea of universal design really struck a chord with me while writing this legislation. I believe, in an ideal ...

Older Adults, New Mobility, and Automated Vehicles: A Framework for Harnessing Emerging Technology for Individual and Societal Benefit
... and new mobility more generally, with a focus on the needs of the harder-to-serve older adult and the benefits of the “universal design” approach.

Achieving inclusion in higher education by design
University World News
Universal design for learning ... that more conversations need to take place around a “universal design for learning”, which, perhaps counterintuitively, ...

What Nike’s First Hands-Free Shoe Means for the Disability Community
Verywell Health
One of the goals of universal design is to improve accessibility for everyone, including the disability community. There have been criticisms, however, ...

February 15, 2021

UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture students win universal design award
Arizona Daily Wildcat
However, third-year architecture students accepted the challenge to compete for $5,000 in student prizes as part of the AGM Universal Design Award.

Mathewson Park Playground Now Open With Universal Access
Coronado Times Newspaper
Another aspect of universal design is accessible parking. The newly designated accessible parking spot has been moved to a level space on Pomona ...

February 8, 2021

Nike’s new Flyease Go shoes snap right onto your feet
Fast Company
The Go is an example of universal design (or what some might call inclusive design) at its finest. While I'm able to tie my own shoes, this innovation, ...

Team will develop tech to help people with cognitive impairments use automated driving systems
KU Today
“We're looking at this more in terms of the universal design and how science is for everyone to be able to use more effectively.” The research team ...

February 1, 2021

Molly Burke on the Best and Worst Beauty Packaging for Blind People
Allure Magazine
In a new video, the beauty influencer explains how universal design and tactile packaging elements improve accessibility.

Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics
This book showcases the critical role design plays in promoting universal design through personal stories and long-form essays. From DIY inventions ...

RespectAbility Sets Accessibility and Inclusion Lab Conversation Series at Sundance
Hollywood Reporter
... Austen, producer of Give Me Liberty, about what it takes to run a set that welcomes and ensures universal design for crew members with disabilities.

January 25, 2021

Accessibility Services and Moving Towards Universal Design
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
The university isn't listening to disabled students if it thinks access comes through closely guarded accommodation rather than universal design.

Thammasat Uni Champions Universal Design for Students with Disabilities
Many places don't think about the universal design at all. To illustrate, Braille Blocks on footpaths are impractical, if not make things worse, since they ...

Disability rights groups say disability studies university promotes segregation
Hindustan Times
These also need to have on-line alternatives for delivery of courses based on Universal Design of Learning and Reasonable Accommodation as per ...

January 18, 2021

Universal Design for Learning After COVID-19
Inside Higher Ed
The institutional window to support universal design for learning will be most open when faculty are making the transition away from remote and towards ...

Privacy Considerations for Designing All-Inclusive Restrooms
... inclusivity, the results will make restrooms better for everyone to use and inch these facilities closer to the ideal standard of truly universal design.”

What Biden's Pick for Ed. Secretary Discussed With Disability Rights Advocates
Education Week
That discussion included topics like financial aid and universal design for students with disabilities. Evie Blad. Follow Unfollow. Staff Writer , Education ...

Be kinder with deadlines’: What teachers learned from remote teaching last time
The Irish Times
“If I am setting an assignment, I am going to use a more universal design for learning,” says Devenney. “I will ask the students to give it back to me in ...

January 11, 2021

What 2020 Taught Us
Inside Higher Ed
Universal design seeks to make a course accessible to all students, whether or not they have a documented disability, while frequent formative ...

Seeing them smile, and talk: HCC literary specialist creates masks with clear-mouth windows to help hearing impaired
Royal said Aliengena's masks are a “great reflection of universal design principles” — an accommodation beneficial for deaf and hearing people alike.

Industrial Design: Why Is It Still a Man's World?
Universal Design promotes making objects as inclusive as possible. But when 95% of the designers are male they naturally bring their own experiences ...

January 4, 2021

Seat Made By Bengaluru Startup Helps Disabled People Get In And Out Of Car Easily
India Times
Moreover, since it's based on a universal design, it can be easily removed and replaced in a different car, should such a need arise. The creators state ...

Govt proposes to set up University of Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Sciences
Outlook India
... language pathology; special education; psychology; nursing; orthotics and prosthetics and assistive technology; and inclusive and universal design.

December 28, 2020

Pandemic highlights the need for digital equality action
The Islander
Universal design is the design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as possible without the ...

'Braille Mainichi,' Japan's only newspaper for the visually impaired, wins global award
The Mainichi
... communication design category of the 2020 International Design Awards sponsored by the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD).

December 21, 2020

UDL + Design Thinking = Designing for All Learners
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and design thinking frameworks advance instructional design practice and should frame design from the start.

People with hearing loss shouldn’t have to pay Zoom for captions
Washington Post
Like ramps, captioning is good universal design, benefiting not only people with hearing issues but all users, including people for whom English is a ...

In discussing accessibility solely through the disability lens, we limit who benefits from access
Universal Design attempts to design environments to be as accessible as possible for the largest number of people. That is, it attempts to create an ...

December 14, 2020

Accessibility in Athens
The Post
W hen Davey McNelly moved to Athens eight years ago, he could not find an apartment or affordable house that was accessible for his power wheelchair...

Hidden wonders of the urban world
The Age
Today, ramp access is part of what's called universal design; design that benefits everyone. However, as with raised tram stops and non-gendered ...

Zirpoli: Lessons and new traditions born of the pandemic | COMMENTARY
Baltimore Su
In universal design language, telemedicine is beneficial for all but essential for some. It has taught us that while in-person appointments are ...

Excluded from the lab
Chemistry World
We need to build new labs with disabled people in mind and advocate for the budget to renovate old labs accordingly. While there's ...

How to Create Accessible Digital Events
Successful Meetings
... an accessibility expert and consultant, author and speaker who travels globally to discuss Universal Design and inclusive meetings and events.

December 7, 2020

Remote learning during a pandemic: A quick shift to universal design
Gloversville Leader-Herald
While online and remote coursework are not the preferred mode of learning for every student, if offered in keeping with the principles of Universal Design ...

Subject: The Quick Tip: How to Help Faculty Members Cope With Burnout
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Take a Universal Design approach to faculty mental health. The key principle of Universal Design is that if environments are shaped to better suit ...

Allysa Dittmar, Entrepreneur and Advocate, Leads ClearMask in Challenges of Pandemic
Town Topics
I believe that my team holds a very unique set of exceptional and diverse talent, and our product reflects a universal design that everyone can benefit ...

November 30, 2020

How blind engineers are fixing the online job hunt
Creating that accessibility and universal design from the beginning so everyone can access information is critical." For more check out how mobile ...

“It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Be Accommodated”
The McGill Daily
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is a McGill Student Service that advocates for, and provides services to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities...

South Africa’s policies of lip-service disrespect people with disabilities
Daily Maverick
... the workplace, socially and in terms of universal design of buildings — both public and private — including state housing for persons with disabilities ...

November 23, 2020

Planning future begins with focus on those with disabilities
The Riverdale Press
Our local establishments would benefit from the universal design mindset, though retrofitting small business or training employees may be financially ...

New Book by DO-IT Director, Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education
DO-IT: The Center for Universal Design in Education
Sheryl Burgstahler delivers a step-by-step guide for putting the principles of universal design (UD) into action for all aspects of a postsecondary campus...

November 16, 2020

For all ages
Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom
Designing Inclusive Communities. The picture above shows elements of the built environment that reflect universal design principles and can help make ...

Benefits of Web Accessibility in UX Design
CoFounder Magazine
Web accessibility is grounded in the idea of universal design. This means that digital products and services are designed in such a way that they are ...

Employee Well-Being: Embracing Conversations About Mental Health In Your Organizations
The key is flexible and universal design solutions. Unleash technology. From virtual reality helping calm Alzheimer's patients to our Fitbits reminding ...

November 9, 2020

Supporting students on 504 plans during remote learning
With many classes moving from in person to online, there wasn't much time to implement universal design, which refers to the design of buildings, ...

Zoom, live captions and what it all means for workplace accessibility
CIO Dive
"An organization like Zoom, and any of us that are creating technology, need to consider universal design and accessibility, first and foremost," said ...

November 2, 2020

Why UDL is Essential in the Post-Pandemic Learning Environment
UDL comes from an educational framework first conceptualized in architecture with Universal Design – creating spaces that are accessible to all – and ...

Japan and disabilities: Inclusion and strategic thinking keys to improve workplace diversity
The Japan Times
The company currently provides universal design supervision, product development, education and training that incorporates the perspectives of ...

October 26, 2020

Exploring a dream scenario for Universal Design in the aircraft cabin
Runway Girl Network
If we had a dream scenario, what would we want it to be? Runway Girl Network decided to further explore the question through the lens of universal ...

How embracing universal design could make the world better after COVID-19
Seattle Times
Universal design is the idea that making facilities, products and systems with a wide range of users in mind, helps not just people with disabilities, but all ...

Disability and design: Creating equitable spaces
And they, since the 70s, had really great design thinkers putting their ideas on universal design into practice in the built environment. And part of the ...

Hybrid, Online Classes Bring Different Styles, Same Educational Experiences
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
... Learning Management System technology and Universal Design for Learning concepts, and offered regular instructor-student and student-student ...

October 19, 2020

Law professors discuss the ADA, accessibility
Yale Daily News
Universal design and accommodations can also benefit those without disabilities. Closed captioning during class can help people follow the ...

Changes prompted by COVID‐19 offer lessons to diversify services for students
Q: After the pandemic ends, what lessons would you like to carry forward about accessibility and Universal Design? A DS, faculty, and other school ...

October 12, 2020

UGG And Zappos.Com Launch Inclusive Footwear Collection
We're humbled by the experience of getting to play a part in the UGG brand's first-ever universal design." The UGG® UNIVERSAL collection features ...

Disruption, Accessibility and Digital Generational Literacy
Inside Higher Ed
Digital universal design is key to this accessibility and will allow for maximum access of all people, as well as maximum efficiencies. An example would ...

October 5, 2020

Without accessibility, inclusivity cannot become a reality: Shakuntala D Gamlin
The Indian Express
Twenty individuals and organisations were today awarded for their universal design work towards promoting accessibility for Persons with Disabilities ...

Two Hyderabadis, working towards building a more accessible world, win design awards
The New Indian Express
... who are working towards building a more accessible world for People with Disabilities, have won the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards.

Students are left to fend for themselves when disability is not valued at Hopkins
Johns Hopkins News-Letter
Changes at Student Disability Services have placed an undue burden on the students they serve. Self-advocacy is an important tool that ...

September 28, 2020

IDEA Center receives another 5-year cycle of national funding
University at Buffalo Reporter
That's how long a UB center that specializes in advancing universal design has been continuously funded. The Center for Inclusive Design and ...

#InclusionChamps -'Do your part to help overcome barriers', says Sandeep Ranade, Winner, Universal Design Awards 2020
This Pune-based developer has won the award for designing an app that makes Indian classical music accessible to people with vision and hearing impairments.

#InclusionChamps – Digital accessibility about more than software for screen reader, says Raghavendra Peri, Winner, Universal Design Awards 2020
A visual impairment did not come in the way of Raghavendra Satish Peri’s dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. The path, however, was filled with challenges...

September 21, 2020

Universal design for people with disabilities
TT Newsday
Universal design for people with disabilities. Newsday. Just Now Kirina Dowrich -. Kirina Dowrich. Accessibility is one way in which ...

Post-COVID-19 world needs more inclusive designs for persons with disabilities
Down To Earth Magazine
But what exactly is Universal Design? It is a concept or proposition in which the design of products, environments, programmes and services is ...

Building Operating Management Sustainability, Sanitation, ADA: Critical Considerations for Restroom Design
Recently, a larger conversation has developed around universal design and focuses on a range of people, including customers with different types of ...

Be mindful of your words
Daily American Online
If society as a whole was more aware of their negative attitude toward disability and work toward universal design, people with disabilities wouldn't ...

September 14, 2020

Distancing in Restrooms? Remember Accessibility
Universal Design Institue
We have blogged and posted extensively this year about the plight of individuals dealing with our new COVID reality ...

5 tips on how unis can do more to design online learning that works for all students
The Conversation AU
The evidence-based principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) underpin this work. UDL principles guide curriculum and instructional design, ...

Why we should empower our students to redesign everything
University World News
... Engineering, who has translated these approaches to social equity and disability studies, leading to new ideas in universal design and accessibility.

A New Literature Course Looks at the Pandemic Through Health, Sickness, and Disability
Columbia University
... and current debates over parenting, genetic testing, inclusive learning and universal design. In a graphic narrative that Adams created to introduce ...

College faculty gear up for new kind of semester
Lethbridge Herald
... including the Universal Design for Learning micro-credential, and the free and open Facilitating Online Learning course that was accessed by more ...

September 8, 2020

The Pulse: Equity & Inclusion in Online Course Design
Inside Higher Ed
With The Pulse's host, Rodney B. Murray of University of the Sciences, they talk about effective learning and universal design for learning, among ...

Remote Control?
American Libraries
Universal Design for Learning isn't a simple checklist or the sole solution to a complex set of challenges. I have integrated UDL into my practice in the ...

Celebrating 30 years of ADA—and its impact on the home industry
Business of Home
“The idea is to make things look better, work well, and meet those needs—without screaming, 'I'm universal design!'” On September 14 ...

August 31, 2020

Mail-in voting is widely accessible. State voting websites are not
Fast Company
And that's really the point of accessible design—also sometimes called universal design. You can't create just one perfect ...

Covid Reminds Us That Web Accessibility Helps All Users, Not Just The Disabled
Platforms focused on usability and universal design are likely to have gained new customers, not just for the duration of the pandemic, but for life.

Assistive technology more vital than ever in an online world
Rocky Mountain Collegian
“It's important to know that accessibility benefits everyone, it's not just about people with disabilities who will benefit from universal design.” The ATRC ...

Thoughts on Creating an Inclusive Environment in Online Classes
Inside Higher Ed
Two frameworks in your teaching toolkit -- Universal Design for Learning and culturally responsive pedagogy -- create a powerful way forward.

August 24, 2020

Here's how some cultural sites are using universal design for more accessible spaces
The Craft Council of Newfoundland uses universal design principles to allow as many people as possible to take in its exhibits...

Universal Design Schema For Navigation Technologies For Person With Disabilities
Technology Times Pakistan
Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have collaborated to create a ...

Navigation preferences across people with a diverse range of disabilities
... Irvine (UCI) have collaborated to create a universal design schema for navigation technologies to better support people with disabilities in getting ...

August 17, 2020

What the New Normal Really Means for UX Designers
Built In
Universal design refers to an all-inclusive approach as opposed to designing for the majority of use cases. While a well-designed product or service is ...

UC Access Now advocates for students with disabilities across UC campuses
Daily Bruin
They are advocating for universal design, accessibility and inclusion. “I sort of found myself in this position where I had to do this because nobody else ...

Commentary: Working to improve access while celebrating 30 years of the ADA
Los Angeles Times
Universal design in apartments, adequate staff pay and professional training should be the norm. It's a human right. The writer is CEO and president of ...

August 10, 2020

Grant to aid transformation of Utica Children’s Museum
Rome Sentinel
The museum will incorporate trauma-informed universal design concepts and serve children who are on the autism spectrum, have experienced ...

The ADA at 30
Inside Higher Ed
The ultimate, universal design solution is to have a single “family” restroom, because I would have plenty of room to navigate my scooter and the ...

Gallagher & Associates announces virtual tour of the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum
This will look at the universal design of USOPM – one of the most advanced and accessible museums in the country...

Educating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students During COVID-19: What Parents Need to Know
LWW Journals
Look for universal design in online education programs. Many parents reported that the design of online education programs provided by schools for ...

Clear masks help the hard of hearing, but they could benefit everybody
Popular Science
Universal design, he explains, is the idea that all products and systems can be adjusted regardless of the user's age, disabilities, or other features. For ...

August 3, 2020

ASU professor teaches students empathy as a path to beautiful universal design
John Takamura, an associate professor of industrial design, teaches universal design. He wasn't talking about design just for people with disabilities...

Hampton Inn Buffalo-Amherst is first in U.S. with universal design
Buffalo Business First
The four-story, 107-room hotel is the first in the Hilton chain to incorporate universal design features that makes all rooms accessible. Built and owned...

Guest opinion: Nina Endler: Curb cuts and captions benefit everyone
The Daily Camera
They are, however, probably the best example of universal design, of something that was done so more of us could participate and which those of us...

‘Accommodations’ for the disabled should become norms | Commentary
Orlando Sentinel
Construct buildings that meet standards with universal design features. Include technology as a standard part of designs; use smartphone technology...

Duravit Highlights ADA-Compliant Solutions In Honor of Thirtieth Anniversary of the Americans Disabilities Act
Business Wire
Universal Design and ADA-compliant offerings span everything including wall-mounted toilets across ten collections; floorstanding toilets highlighted...

July 27, 2020

Perspective | ‘Designing to the edges’ to retain talent through Universal Design for Learning and project-based learning
Both Designing to the Edges (D2tE) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) similarly focus on designing instruction that reaches the most students...

How Designing Accessible Curriculum For All Can Help Make Online Learning More Equitable
Universal Design for Online Learning. The focus of UDL is to reduce barriers in curriculum and make instruction engaging and accessible to all learners, ...

6 Quick Ways to Be More Inclusive in a Virtual Classroom
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Universal Design for Learning. UDL takes research on how people learn and applies it to course design and teaching. A good way to think about this is...

Building Accessibility Into America, Literally
The New York Times
Today, “universal design” can sound a little reductive and creaky, with its implication of a single norm, as if difference (physical, cognitive, racial, ...

How to build an inclusive online learning environment
Adapted from a Universal Design approach, here are some questions to consider: Is the course pace flexible and accommodating to students with...

After 30 years of ADA, there is still work to be done, former Sen. Tom Harkin says
Nordmeyer compared this universal design awakening to the push for sustainable building design in the 1990s. Once you start crafting buildings to be...

Artist's loss of hearing informs new curator role at Krannert Art Museum
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
“I'm interested in access in more of what would be understood as universal design,” she said, “which is really thinking about who art is being made for...

July 20, 2020

ROHM's Blue-Green Chip LEDs Ideal for Color Universal Design Applications
These products support the adoption of Color Universal Design (CUD) in a variety of applications, such as fire alarm system indicator lights, industrial ...

Celebrate 30 years of ADA by supporting student access
Illinois State University News
We now look at Universal Design for Learning, which focuses on all students and their learning styles in course and program development and...

Amherst home to first universally designed hotel in US
Bee news.com
Universal design is aimed at making thoughtful but subtle design choices. The goal is for guests to not notice the changes but rather the absence of...

The ADA is turning 30, but the built environment is still far from inclusive
Smart Cities Dive
That is why universal design and inclusive placemaking have an immeasurable intrinsic wealth. The current slowdown and shut down of virtually all...

Multi-generational living: how to make your home accommodate everyone
He adds characteristics from universal design like one level first floor with no carpet, electric outlets at higher levels, shower entries at floor level, and...

July 13, 2020

What the disability rights movement and universal design can teach us about business and life in the age of COVID-19
This simple change in perspective will yield better, more user-friendly outcomes for all. Architect Ronald Mace coined the term “universal design” to ...

A 'Communication, Action, Reflection' Cycle Makes a Teacher-Paraprofessional Relationship Work
Education Week
Elizabeth is the author of books on special education practices as well as Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Her most recent publications include:...

Are Accessible Cosmetics the Final Frontier in Makeup Inclusivity?
The New York Times
... and other makeup application tools of universal design. Image. The Vamp Stamp, VaVaVoom kitten stamp with Vortex black Vink eyeliner ink...

What is Usability? How Does it Relate to Web Accessibility?
Business 2 Community
Let’s be clear; usability is not a synonym for accessibility; the two terms are similar in that they share some universal principles but are quite different...

July 6, 2020

A new era of accessibility: on persons with disabilities in the post-COVID world
The Hindu
... implementing accessibility laws and regulations; improving physical accessibility and universal design; reducing stigma; and developing the tool...

Talking toilets and touchless
Supply House Times
“Curb-less showers provide a universal design that appeals to the rapidly growing, aging-in-place population. The traditional curbed shower will ...

June 29, 2020

Expanding the definition of universal design in a post-COVID world
Rather than respond with temporary barriers or signs, [Joel] Sanders is trying to use MIX's research process to arrive at designs that minimize the...

UO launches online build-out of 150 core courses for 2020-21
“Universal design for learning supports a broad range of learners,” Gering said. “For example, closed captions may be useful for students studying in...

June 22, 2020

Disability Resource Center works to implement ‘universal instructional design’ across classes
Minnesota Daily
“In inclusive or universal design, it's best practice to have everything captioned because that way you can make things more accessible or reinforce...

Kāinga Ora unaware of how many state houses meet accessibility standards.
New Zealand Herald
Kāinga Ora says it doesn't have information about which of its current properties met universal design or other accessible standards...

June 15, 2020

What should be the expectations for the fall?
Educators will design learning opportunities using the principles of universal design, and that address the different learning needs of students with...

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Tim's Miracle Watch For All
How is EONE advancing universal design to create a more equitable Planet Earth? TIM: People with disabilities comprise the largest minority group..

June 8, 2020

Iowa City school district settles with feds over playground accessibility
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
... the playground safety and accessibility standards, universal design, inclusion, installation of playground surfaces, maintenance techniques and field...

Center for Teaching Excellence Rolls Out Innovative Course-Design Program Online/a>
UVA Today (press release)
... and principles of transparency, Universal Design for Learning and equitable learning practices. We also used the Center for Teaching Excellence's ...

June 1, 2020

Universal design and inclusive retail
Belinda Daly (press release) (blog)
In the built environment, principles of Universal Design can be wide ranging and influence both external and internal spaces and influence planning...

New ‘Playbook’ Explains Four Elements of Great Online Courses
Before getting too far into designing a course, study the basics of Universal Design for Learning to help ensure most students will be able to participate...

May 25, 2020

Molly Burke on the Power of Universal Design
WP Tavern (blog)
“Universal design [is] designing and building everything to be accessed, enjoyed, and understood to its fullest extent by everyone, regardless of their...

Home Sweet Home - Make It Safer
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Universal design is the idea that environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should and can be used by everyone regardless of age...

Elementary School Teachers Can Make Physical Science Both Challenging and Accessible for a Diverse Range of Students With Help From a New NSTA Book
The frameworks are the 5E Learning Cycle ( engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate ) and Universal Design for Learning, a systematic way to...

Over 8K teachers sign up for training on digital learning and teaching
WSMV Nashville
... hybrid content deliveries, apply ADA Compliance and Accessibility for Universal Design, and implement a specialized IEP plan for content creation.

May 18, 2020

CUNY Wheelchair Basketball Set to Join NWBA in Fall of 2020
City University of New York Athletic Conference
“This is an example of CUNY's commitment to universal design and our commitment to students with disabilities to have all the opportunities afforded...

Literacies Teachers Need During Covid-19
Al-Fanar Media
For more information on what this means, see the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines developed by the nonprofit CAST. Socioemotional literacy...

May 11, 2020

Inclusive Design for Living Longer
Society of Women Engineers
REDEFINING DISABILITY AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN. The World Health Organization changed its definition of disability in 2001. “Disability is no longer...

HuskyADAPT develops toy adaptation for all children to play
Universal design will apply to all of us at some point in our lives. Whether a person is able-bodied or not, everyone will soon have a disability naturally...

How do we learn from the experience of remote learning?
The Keene Sentinel
I work with teachers across the state as part of the New Hampshire Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Innovation Network. UDL is a framework built...

Redbirds Keep Thriving: The expansion of closed captions during the pandemic
Illinois State University News
“I am excited about the lessons learned from this time so we can continue to move the needle in universal design for learning,” shares Metivier...

Polin Breaks the Barriers
Its universal design provides sensory processing and creates a space that embraces all members of the community enabling them to live healthy, ...

May 4, 2020

Mindset Matters: Looking Beyond The Pandemic Where Universal Design And The Business Of Empathy Will Shape The Culture Of Work
To truly grasp the value, complexity, and magnitude that universal design is playing during this pandemic we must look beyond the technological...

Going back to basics has helped with answers to problems caused by remote learning
The Keene Sentinel
Universal design comes from the field of architecture. In the 1970s, buildings were often constructed without any consideration for the needs of...

How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses
They dug into the principles of universal design for learning, how instructions can use rubrics to empower students to demonstrate knowledge in many ...

April 27, 2020

Accessibility should be part of the teaching process
WSU News
Universal design principles are key in developing accessible and engaging course material. Wendy Steele, accessible technology manager, says...

Exceptional learning resumes during pandemic
Valdosta Daily Times
At the collegiate level, Valdosta State University promotes Universal Design for Instruction, an educational framework that focuses on greater...

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) Launches Online Video Resource Library
NBC Right Now
Topics range from teaching methods and Universal Design of Learning, to running, kicking, tandem bicycling, and other fitness skills. All videos are...

Otter.ai releases secure, live interactive transcripts for collaboration platforms
"As campuses work towards implementing universal design, Otter.ai has brought us that much closer in creating accessibility for all students and...

April 20, 2020

With kids at home, another way to support their learning
The Keene Sentinel
That's one of the major reasons I like Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is rooted in learning sciences, including neuropsychology, human, ...

UW isn’t ‘boundless’ for students with disabilities
The latter works toward making education at the UW include principles of universal design and thus, increasing accessibility for all. “One thing we, ...

In the age of coronavirus: Students and teachers in Maynard learning remotely
Wicked Local
Universal design for learning is based on an architecture term, which is the idea that instead of retrofitting a building with a ramp, you build the ramp from...

April 13, 2020

Humanity shines through as students, teachers, parents step up in remote learning
The Keene Sentinel
Universal Design for Learning Innovation Network, asked CAST to shift focus to support all teachers across the state to make remote learning effective, ...

UIS helping others transition to remote learning
... including digital accessibility, how to use universal design and other remote teaching tips for Illinois colleges through their social media platforms, ...

School of Education adapts to e-learning
UIndy News
Dr. Somers is teaching ELED 202: Universal Design for Learning: STEM to sophomore students. He is working with four fourth-grade teachers at West ...

April 6, 2020

Accessible design is growing. But can it be beautiful?
Washington Post
Officially called universal design, it refers to the design of buildings, products and environments that are accessible to everyone, regardless of age or...

Online Learning Community event highlights accessibility
Cornell Chronicle
... with disabilities and looking at how we can be more inclusive through universal design, realizing more fully our motto, 'Any person… any study.' ...

Billy Price’s Quest to Make Mainstream Shoes Adaptive
It's to appeal to anybody through universal design, a strategy tech firms and others have long touted. “Instead of having something siloed that works for ...

How to Serve Students With Special Needs From Afar
Luis Perez: Universal design for learning begins with the premise that all learners vary, and that the way that we address that variability is by designing...

$2.5M grant will support online tool that helps students grasp science concepts
KU Today
LAWRENCE — Researchers at the University of Kansas and CAST, a nonprofit and founders of the universal design for learning framework, have won...

College student sews face masks designed for the deaf and hard of hearing community
CBS News
...many people have started making their own face masks due to the shortage of medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis. But she didn't see masks designed for the deaf and hard of hearing community — so she decided to sew them herself...

March 30, 2020

How to Make your “At-Home” and Online Presence Accessible for Adaptive Athletes
Morning Chalk Up
Universal Design (UD) is the configuration and composition of an “environment” so that it can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest...

Making gardens accessible and inclusive important to Master Gardener
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Q: Talk a bit about universal design. A: I started researching online so that I wouldn't reinvent the wheel with issues dealing with accessibility and found...

Student Agency in Uncertain Times
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
... education, especially copyright, evaluation of teaching practice, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning.

All you need to know about web accessibility and UX
Implementing the standards of web accessibility ultimately leads to a universal design that is user-friendly for everyone. When developing a website...

Reading Aloud: Fair Use Enables Translating Classroom Practices to Online Learning
International IP and the Public Interest
Consistent with the principles of universal design, the ability to engage with materials read aloud should be enabled as widely as possible...

March 23, 2020

Built to accommodate disabilities, Green Bay's 'universal design' housing projects increase value for everyone, advocates say
Green Bay Press Gazette
Advocates for universal design say adoption of its standards and styles benefits everyone. NeighborWorks Green Bay Chief Operating Officer Scott...

Accessible Websites Are Better for Everyone (And Better For Business Too)
He advocated a paradigm of universal design, which he defined as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the...

Fostering inclusivity: The power of assistive music technology
Universal Design champions the idea that products and environments designed to be accessible for people with disabilities will end up benefitting...

Vital Signs: The importance of community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities
The Daily Progress
Inclusion involves receiving equal treatment from others; incorporating universal design to make products, communications and the physical...

March 16, 2020

Crip Camp: An Interview with Filmmaker Jim LeBrecht About Accessibility, Universal Design, and Spaces of Freedom
The goal, in this context, is not only to facilitate access to buildings for differently abled bodies but also access to society itself as equal individuals...

Eleven federal and local authorities trained on UAE `universal design code
The purpose of the UAE Universal Design Code is to define how the environment, transportation system and infrastructure all over the UAE shall be...

March 9, 2020

Universal Design in Higher Ed Classrooms — Part II
In February, I wrote a blog on Universal Design in higher ed classrooms. In that blog, I covered the first four of the seven principles of Universal Design...

Digital accessibility might be 2020’s most important marketing trend
The Drum
One proposed solution is for website and app creators to include so-called Inclusive Design Principles – also called 'universal design' – from the...

March 2, 2020

Spanish Fork releases design of all-abilities park opening this summer
Daily Herald
“Universal design at its best.” “Looks beautiful! A great addition to our city,” wrote another. The park design was created by In-Site Design Group, which ...

The integration of people, place and policy will define the new workplace era
Workplace Insight (press release) (blog)
They also understand that creating physical and digital workspaces, which blend the principles of universal design (making spaces accessible for the ...

Teaching toward, around technology: Are screen bans good for students?
The Daily Cardinal
And it makes sense why — he's an expert on technology-enhanced education and universal design for learning. He “teaches teachers how to teach,” ...

February 24, 2020

‘Lego Grandma’ makes wheelchair ramps out of Legos in Germany
USA Today
These awesome Lego wheelchair ramps in Germany were built by "Lego Grandma" Rita Ebel as a fun way to enhance wheelchair accessibility.

Design for new White Park playground includes accessible features
Concord Monitor
Concord does not now have any playgrounds that meet universal design, meaning they are designed to be accessible as possible for individuals, ...

5 Principles as Pathways to Inclusive Teaching
Inside Higher Ed
Using Universal Design for Learning approaches to course design and teaching ensures that all students will be able to demonstrate their learning ...

Q&A: Why we need to measure inclusion in cities
The declaration aligns key commitments to accessibility, universal design, and inclusion within the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban ...

February 17, 2020

Blind engineer invents a SMART cane that guides the vision impaired using Google maps and sensors
Positive Outlooks Blog
“Unfortunately I cannot name a single city as a perfectly disabled-friendly city that is why we are trying to provide this independence for visually impaired people..."

6 Ideas Whose Time Has Come
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
Still other ideas stick, like learning objectives, iPASS (integrated planning and advising for student success), experiential learning, or universal design ...

Will the MTA Really Turn Its Back on Disabled New Yorkers Yet Again?
Gotham Gazette
People seem to enjoy theorizing about its necessity and how long overdue universal design has been, but once the discussion reaches ...

There's more work to do as Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30
And, when we all use the front door, promote accessible technologies, and apply universal design standards to all aspects of life, we are all enriched ...

February 10, 2020

Universal Design in Higher Ed Classrooms — What Are We Waiting For?
Over the next few blogs, I will write about more than just accessibility, and write instead about a concept called Universal Design. Universal Design ...

Words matter when it comes to apparel for people living with disabilities
McBee-Black and co-author Jung Ha Brookshire surveyed how four terms—adaptive apparel, functional apparel, universal design and inclusive ...

Commentary: A City That Works for Everyone — Reflections on the Necessity of an Intersectional Urbanism
Streetsblog St. Louis (blog)
My perspective on universal design is also informed by the work I did as an occupational therapist, where I supported people living with physical and ...

Inclusive playground planned for $13 million Edmonds park
Everett Herald br /> Civic Park, the $13.1 million project set to begin in May, will house the playground. The park’s current design includes a spinner toy and wavy walkway, both wheelchair accessible...

February 3, 2020

Armstrong installs new accessible features in elevator
Miami Student
“These types of improvements are important to college campuses and beyond to show examples of universal design and a commitment to accessibility ...

As Theater Takes Place In Increasingly Adventurous Settings, Advocates Want Creators To ‘Trailblaze’ On Accessibility Too
Colorado Public Radio
“Right, our goal is don't get sued,” Krueger said, adding the but that “the true ultimate goal should be [Ronald Mace's Universal Design], and everyone ...

January 27, 2020

Heritage Wellness Garden Experience Earns Bronze Medal for Public Space Design
Cape Cod Today
This award is given to raise awareness of Universal Design, and to showcase examples that push the boundaries of Universal Design in new and ...

Culturally Responsive Teaching and UDL
Faculty Focus (blog)
Creating educational experiences for our students that integrate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), ...

Introducing Open.VPR.org
Vermont Public Radio
While we're used to seeing curb cuts, elevators and other universal design in real life, on the internet, accessibility can often be an afterthought. We felt ...

New plan will help those students left behind
Galveston County Daily News
Frequently, faculty assumes that passive approaches are feasible rather than diverse differentiated pedagogical approaches (e.g., Universal Design ...

January 20, 2020

Valley Life for All column: Playgrounds should be designed for all
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Universal design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by ...

Going Online With a Learning Disability
Inside Higher Ed
Much of Landmark's philosophy revolves around a concept called universal design for learning. The framework asks instructors to provide students ...

January 13, 2020

UDL: A Powerful Framework
Faculty Focus (blog)
Enter Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This powerful framework for educators centers around three principles that are aligned with neuroscience ...

Blind architect to be featured speaker at inaugural Master Lecture Series
Florida State News
He also teaches accessibility and universal design at the University of California, Berkeley. Downey's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will ...

South Foundation design plans ready to accommodate students with various disabilities
The Oakland Post
The intended universal design principles, such as simple use and flexibility, are geared toward optimal accommodation for all and are actively being ...

January 6, 2020

Egyptian ICT ministry collaborates to empower disabled people
Intelligent CIO Africa (press release)
This is in addition to collaborating in establishing and implementing universal design and Assistive Technology standards, especially those supporting ...

Tokyo 2020: Welcome to Paralympic year!
Around the Rings
Universal Design Act introduced encouraging facilities to be barrier-free • New legislation passed to improve hotel accessibility • Paralympic sport ...

Barriers facing disabled in Japan are more than physical
The Straits Times
... handicapped have been refused service by "universal design" barrier-free taxi drivers, whether they flag one down or make an advance booking.

December 30, 2019

TCU leverages universal design for learning; ensures learning for all
This year, at TCU Lonsdale, our intentional commitment to personalized learning is framed through the implementation of Universal Design for ...

Free transit isn’t enough. Transportation needs to be a right.
Calling it universal transportation also creates a nice alignment with the universal design movement to make streets and cities accessible to people of ...

PSO reaches new audience with sensory-friendly holiday performance
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ms. Perrino said the orchestra is working to incorporate universal design practices in the rest of its programming. Universal design is about creating an ...

December 23, 2019

This Toilet Patent Makes Workers Uncomfortable Taking Long Bathroom Breaks
“Is it necessarily useable for all by a universal design point?” Vogel said is the question StandardToilet should be asking themselves to be more ...

Wanted: Accessible homes for Ontarians of all ages and abilities
The kinds of features Foster is talking about form part of an approach known as universal design. The demand for universally designed homes has ...

New York City’s two biggest design stories of 2019 are also design failures
Curbed NY
Universal design aims to provide the same experience to the maximum number of people, regardless of ability. The architects believe they have met ...

The Trouble With Accessibility
Labels for this exercise have been tossed back and forth, from universal design to accessible design to human-centered design. Each of these is ...

Shannon Finnegan and Aimi Hamraie on Accessibility as a Shared Responsibility
Hamraie's book Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) asks who counts as “everyone” ...

December 16, 2019

Consider safety in your new home or renovation
Chicago Daily Herald
"Universal design is designing for people of all ages and abilities or disabilities," said Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., the author of the Universal Design ...

Charge Empowers Cities to Embrace Micromobility For All
Yahoo Finance
With its vision for micromobility-servicing infrastructure, Universal Design and new technology applications, Charge defines a path forward for ...

December 9, 2019

Faculty Spotlight: Interior design professor champions universal design
Seminole State College (press release)
“The design of an interior space can heavily influence your experience, in either a positive or negative way,” said Kathryn Rivera, Seminole State ..

Students with disabilities need inclusive buildings. We can learn from what’s already working
The Conversation AU
Australia has scheduled up to A$11 billion on new schools and facility upgrades between 2016 and 2026. We need as many as 750 new schools...

December 2, 2019

Universal Design and inclusivity
Passenger Terminal Today
Here are seven practical ways to incorporate Universal Design to build an appealing and inclusive airport terminal. Equitable use: the design is useful...

Letters: Make new buildings on Ford site easily accessible for everyone
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Universal design is a way of thinking that is integrated into the housing design process, alongside the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards...

Dismantling disability
Texas A&M The Battalion
This proactive practice is known as universal design and was created so all people can access and understand the environment regardless of their...

November 25, 2019

Design That’s Got Users in Mind
The New York Times
... and cuts in sidewalk curbs benefit not only people with special needs but almost everybody — examples of what's called “universal design.” Kuang ...

Pro Tips To Make Aging At Home Easier For Everyone
Long Island Press
“Good universal design aims to provide enhancements to one's living environment by making it safer for daily functioning and navigation,” says Tonia ...

November 18, 2019

Companies Need to Do More for Employees and Customers with Disabilities
Harvard Business Review
Forward thinking business leaders are making sure their digital spaces are also accessible and are embracing the universal design that will help them ...

27% of wheelchair users turned away by specially designed taxis in Japan: survey
The Mainichi
TOKYO -- Universal design taxis that are capable of transporting wheelchairs turned away 27% of such users, according to the results of a survey by ...

Themes of the Future: A Design Framework and a Master Theme
WP Tavern (blog)
Some sort of universal design standard could stanch the flood of issues and call for a cease-fire. A plugin that outputs a custom front-end component ...

Chardon Schools using Universal Design for Learning principles
Since 2018-19, Chardon Schools' faculty has been studying Universal Design for Learning principles and implementing those UDL practices in the ...

November 11, 2019

Mattel debuts first official Braille deck of UNO cards
CBS News
The beloved card game UNO has been bringing people together for years, but now even more players can join in on the fun...

Disability inclusion enhances science
Science Magazine
Universal Design principles create accommodations for everybody. Many of us enjoy Universal Design every day in the form of curb cuts—ramps that ...

When an Architectural Gem Is Not Accessible to All
The New York Times
... not being able to fully participate,” said Christine Yearwood, founder of the disability rights group Up-Stand. “Part of what universal design is about is...

Lesson of the Day: ‘New Library Is a $41.5 Million Masterpiece. But About Those Stairs.’
The New York Times
Featured Article: “New Library Is a $41.5 Million Masterpiece. But About Those Stairs.” On Sept. 24, the Queens Public Library welcomed patrons to ...

November 4, 2019

Rating restaurants on accessibility for people with disabilities
FOX Illinois
... upon a 25-item survey completed by Burke's students, who assessed each building's accessibility and compliance with universal design standards.

Park Commission Grants Smile2Play Control Over New Hudson Playground
This new Universal Design playground will allow everyone to play together, despite disability, while also fostering understanding, compassion and ...

October 28, 2019

Accessibility and universal design not part of Building Act reforms
With just one ramp in his home, Pusa Finau says he would not survive if a fire broke out simply because he would have no way of getting out.

Creating a barrier-free transportation environment in Japan
The Japan Times
They follow universal design standards for taxi cabs, which means theoretically they can service any and all fares, including those who are sometimes ...

Disability Support Services: New name, same mission
The College of New Jersey News
... by changing the name, we will remove some of the stigma and will be able to continue our advocacy efforts around access and universal design.”.

October 21, 2019

VA to Launch Adaptive Game Therapy Program
... form of immobility has incentivized his team to embrace a universal design approach to bring the adaptive technology to the mainstream market.

Increasing accessibility with design thinking
Luther College Chips
“Design thinking can be a really valuable tool in terms of working on things like universal design which is the idea that instead of building things and ...

Rick Hansen Foundation gives Surrey $105K to make washrooms more accessible
Surrey Now-Leader
“When we talk about universal design, we aren't just talking about those with disabilities, it also applies to our aging population, moms with strollers.

October 14, 2019

Universal design program aims to make socially responsible design standard practice
UB News Center
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Universal design has long been embraced by businesses eager to create safer, healthier and more supportive facilities for their ...

UNOversal design: Why the classic card game has released a Braille edition
Universal design, also known as inclusive design, broadly means designing products to be usable to as many people as possible, taking into account ...

Tech’s missing a trick by not designing for disability
NS Tech
Even if we don't focus on the moral imperative of universal design, the market is failing to address this need and tap into an enormous, unmet ...

October 7, 2019

Lovely Hunter's Point Library is actually lacking in terms of universal design
“I think it looks really beautiful," said Frank Wu, the president of Court Square Civic Association, a group in Long Island City that tries to encourage ...

Assembling the accessibility toolkit
Boise State University The Arbiter Online
Through the Educational Access Center, students may request support and accommodations, while Universal Design Learning tailors that support to ...

Flexible learning making strides in Merrimack
The Union Leader
“Everything we do in the district is about trying to get better,” said Superintendent Mark McLaughlin, referring to the Universal Design for Learning ...

September 30, 2019

Is student input shaping design of student center?
Johns Hopkins News-Letter
Wellons hopes that the new student center will use elements of “universal design,” which would make all parts of the building universally available for ...

Accessible Digital Content Policy
The City College of New York News
Universal design;; Usage of page headers and other visual cues;; Sufficient color contrast;; Inclusion of alternative text;; Closed captioning of videos ...

Yosemite camping site unveils series of ADA-compliant tiny cabins
Los Angeles-based firm, M-Rad has unveiled their new X-suite cabin, an accessible tiny retreat that combines universal design with sophisticated ...

An historic Michigan State building gets an impressive, accessible overhaul: BTN LiveBIG
Big Ten Network
... out an old rink and installed a brand-new adaptive sports rink with a lot of different accessibility functions that really focus on universal design.”

September 23, 2019

Here's How Much Remodeling Any Room Really Costs
For homeowners who want to age in place, remodeling a bathroom to incorporate universal design features can allow family members with mobility ...

Foreman illustrates making learning accessible
The Campus
Foreman's lecture focused on the Universal Design for Learning and how educators can better aid those with disabilities in an academic setting.

Designing or redesigning courses? There’s no need to go it alone!
UC Santa Cruz (press release)
... comprehensive resources on how to use universal design for learning and inclusive teaching practices to create courses that have the best chance ...

How one couple remodeled their house for one-level living
Arkansas Online
Lott and Alter were looking to adapt their house using the universal design method, but in a modified way, selecting the accessibility features most ...

September 16, 2019

Livable Design Offers Innovative Home Design Solutions For All Ages And Abilities
Moving beyond the industry's buzzwords of "aging-in-place" and "universal design" which to date have been geared mainly toward remodeling homes, ...

Don’t neglect residents with disabilities when planning affordable housing
Washington Post
More attention needs to be paid to principles of universal design in housing so that residents with disabilities, as well as seniors and couples with ...

September 9, 2019

Nike Embracing Universal Design
Disability Scoop
With a new shoe built from the ground up to be accessible for people with disabilities, Nike is working with a major professional athlete to prove that ...

How to create a garden that’s accessible to all
Janet Eastman. Raised flower beds are easier to maintain than plants growing in the ground, and are more accessible to someone in a wheelchair.

Foundation raising funds as efforts to build new library move forward
Scottsbluff Star Herald
The new facility will be a universal design. Universal design is a design process that ensures a structure is usable by all people, to the greatest extent ...

September 2, 2019

Hazard maps to get redesign for color blind
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Koichi Iga of the nonprofit Color Universal Design Organization (CUDO) said he welcomes the move. “The biggest purpose of using different colors to ...

2020 Tokyo Paralympics medals revealed 1 year from opening
Kyodo News Plus
"I didn't want them just to look beautiful on the outside but also to be things that are recognizable when touched, a universal design," Matsumoto said...

August 26, 2019

7 simple landscape designs that make cities better for everyone
Fast Company
... has just published a guide to applying universal design principles—or designing for everyone—in parks, streets, and other public spaces. Better still ...

Universal design works for everyone, everywhere
Universal design is not a new science, a style, or unique in any way. It requires only an awareness of need and market and a commonsense approach to making everything we design and produce usable by everyone...

August 19, 2019

OLIN Labs hosts educational series on universal design
The series served as an introduction to Universal Design, described the social model versus the medical model of Disability, and shared the specific ...

Avanti-Avanti Studio: "Design for All, the Start of the Creative Process is Through Individual Diversity"
In our case, we began to expand the process towards universal design in a particular project, in a museum where high levels of accessibility were ...

Architecture for the Blind: Intelligent and Inclusive Spaces for the Blind User
The design of spaces for people with visual disabilities is an important issue when it comes to talking about accessibility. Architects who adopt the ...

We Need More Wheelchair Users to Become Architects
Graves' story is a powerful example of the ongoing struggle within the profession to achieve the ideals of “universal design,” but also a strong ...

August 12, 2019

OLIN Labs hosts educational series on universal design
Lucy Jones, founder of FFORA, a company whose "mission statement is simple, the world made accessible to all." After embracing a challenge by one...

Variations to Traditional Multiple-Choice Testing
Faculty Focus (blog)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Offering Choice. Offering students choices is another way to improve the traditional MC test and make courses...

ArchDaily Topics - August: Accessibility
... is often directed at the end-user, and the imperative act of designing spaces, buildings, and entire cities along the principles of “universal design.

Webinars to focus on students with disabilities in career and tech ed
Penn State News
Webinar 3: Classroom Supports: Universal Design for Learning, Differentiated Instruction, Oct. 16. Session participants will learn about the Center for...

August 5, 2019

How do you design a home for someone with autism?
Today, while the majority of adults on the spectrum live in the home of a parent or other family member, their caretakers are now wondering what will happen...

Denton celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act passing
Denton Record Chronicle
She said universal design is a new way of thinking about accessibility that will provide access to buildings, floor levels and classrooms for everyone...

Student accessibility services at College to see changes in fall
The Dartmouth
The aim of universal design, she said, is to design while taking into consideration the needs of people with variations in their abilities, rather than...

How classrooms use data and technology to support students
And the Universal Design For Learning, an approach to curriculum design that can help teachers customize curriculum to serve all learners and is...

July 29, 2019

This delightfully designed home makes life easier for a child with mobility challenges
The Boston Globe
The duo, who worked at a discounted rate and secured additional discounts and donations, incorporated principles of universal design throughout the ...

Designing for students of life, regardless of age
Colorado Real Estate Journal
The current design thinking in education, for example, is a move toward more universal design and flexibility in spaces – design elements that are ...

Editorial: Election of disabled legislators in Japan a chance to break down barriers
The Mainichi
Universal design, which provides the infrastructure for people to live equally in society without difficulties regardless of their age or whether or not they ...

Tokyo 2020: Former Paralympian Says True Accessibility Still Long Way Off
Ice sledge hockey player and three-time Paralympian Uehara Daisuke commends the strong emphasis on universal design ahead of the games, but ...

July 22, 2019

Tucker Viemeister designs ElectionGuard ballot machine to make voting more secure
"The universal design principal attempts to eliminate barriers by addressing the diversity of user needs and planning ahead," said Viemeister.

New York City Is Still a Disaster for the Disabled
New York Magazine
They might, for example, sign on to the goals of universal design, which is based on the principle that making a place more practical for some winds up ...

July 15, 2019

How to Design an Accessible Kitchen: Adjustable and Multifunctional Furniture
Although little modifications can make a difference, it is ideal for the spaces to be thought out according to universal design guidelines from the ...

PunkinFutz Receives Creative Child Magazine Awards and Celebrated for its Outstanding Therapeutic Play Products
Each has universal design and can be used by children of all abilities ... Launched in 2016, PunkinFutz uses universal design to create therapeutic ...

Study: Housing for aging in place not available
Brookings Register
Design strategies, such as universal design, that can create aging in place ready homes without the stigma or limitations of accessibility, are largely ...

When You're Mighty and Starting College
Yahoo Lifestyle
One of the directors of Disability Services at my university used to say, “Universal design hurts no one.” She was referring to accessibility in ...

July 8, 2019

Advocate for 'universal design' urges developers to make apartments accessible for all
Journal Times
That question led her to a concept known as universal design, which aims to ... Earl's own condominium is an example of universal design in action.

Universal design hits home for all
Vancouver Sun
Utilizing Universal Design, interior designer Kendall Ansell and team were able to create a home that would be accessible for Jenna Reed-Cote, who ...

Wilson County woman vying for Ms. Wheelchair USA crown seeks equal access for all
The Wilson Times
Hawley's platform in the national competition is “Tassels without Barriers,” a campaign to incorporate universal design into educational settings.

July 1, 2019

Inviting Nominations for the 10th NCPEDP- Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2019
The Hans India
The NCPEDP - Mphasis Universal Design Awards was initiated with a view to recognize exceptional work done by those who are instrumental in ...

India: Sugamya Bharat – Accessible India. Is Your Website Accessible For The Differently Abled?
Mondaq News Alerts
... interpretation and close captioning; (iii) electronic goods and equipment which are meant for everyday use are available in universal design."

Magic wheels for wheelchairs
Mumbai Mirror
Does it involve experts familiar with universal design, especially transport? Has the equipment, like a ramp or hydraulic lift, been given enough trials ...

June 24, 2019

Comcast’s new remote control feature allows viewers to change the channel with their eyes
... Wlodkowski and his team of 10 universal design experts work across the company to make sure that Comcast's products and services are available.

Springfield Museums part of initiative to welcome visitors of all abilities
It creates opportunities for leadership, peer networking, and education in universal design principles, audience engagement strategies, and ADA ...

June 17, 2019

Advocate for 'universal design' urges developers to make apartments accessible for all
That question led her to a concept known as universal design, which aims to create accessible, welcoming spaces for all. She's an advocate for its ...

AVs can give freedom to those with disabilities, says Paralympian Rick Hansen
Automotive News Canada (blog)
... health-care companies and electronics companies to develop “accessible designs” for AV systems and to develop universal design standards.

Community Access to the Arts breaks ground for new facility
... one that includes: a beautiful new CATA Arts Center based on the Principles of Universal Design, including a fully accessible entrance and elevator; ...

June 10, 2019

Inclusive design and accessible tech in the spotlight at Univ. of Washington student showcase
University of Washington students from across various disciplines showed off their work on campus Thursday at the HuskyADAPT Inclusive Design & Engineering Showcase.

Designing for All
Architectural Record
As an increasingly popular buzzword, universal design has sometimes been misinterpreted as designing for specific, unique needs like aging or ...

East Bridgewater teachers have concerns about new schedule
Enterprise News
A Viking block will be available for students to meet with teachers or take a break. A block schedule is ideal for infusing principles of universal design ...

June 3, 2019

Universal Design Increases In Style, Availability and Luxury
Universal design. Accessible design. ADA design. These terms all convey images of unattractive, institutional spaces required by law and disability.

Cerebral Palsy Foundation Videos Spotlight Accessibility in Home Design
Cerebral Palsy News Today
The glossy motivational book includes a universal design checklist for how to make houses and living spaces more accessible for all. ”Our Look Book ...

Inclusive student transition programs
Teacher Magazine
A new paper, Guidelines for designing middle-school transition using universal design for learning principles, published in Improving Schools, ...

Examining perceptions of accessibility symbols
UAB News
... for “Standard Specification of Universal Design of Fitness Equipment for Inclusive use by Persons with Functional Limitations and Impairments.

Wrapping up the Disability in Grad School Series
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
Universal design is a good idea, and maybe some accessibility measures can happen informally. This isn't everything. It couldn't be. It just means I'm ...

An Olympics crowdsourcing project may be the answer to making Japan a more accessible country
The Japan Times
Access-makers have tried to implement universal design in Japan by creating new accommodations. To ensure that their products are useful, they've ...

May 27, 2019

Ringgold Elementary School North bringing fun back into the classroom
Shortly after Van Fossan took over the helm of Ringgold last summer, she recommended that the district adopt the Universal Design for Learning ...

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation Launches New Universal Homes “Accessibility is Beautiful” Initiative | Best Brothers Group of Companies
BBG Architecture Life (press release) (blog)
Americas, Universal Design, May 18 2019. The Cerebral Palsy Foundation launched a new initiative on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day ...

Lack of accessible housing a key issue for Disability Advisory Panel
“Given the scale of growth and the changing needs of Auckland's diverse population, it is essential to have universal design included in new housing ...

Open Style Lab, in Collaboration With Parsons School of Design, Helps Prove Accessibility Is Fashion Forward
Metropolis Magazine
Garments made with universal design themes in mind hold the potential to enhance human experience, dignity, and functional capabilities for at least ...

May 20, 2019

Universal design means accessibility
NIU Today
Smart classrooms just got smarter thanks to an innovative tool created by the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) team. DoIT maintains over 120 ...

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation Launches New Universal Homes "Accessibility is Beautiful" Initiative on Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019
Yahoo Finance
This innovative accessibility initiative includes a YouTube video miniseries and Universal Design "Look Book" will feature the homes of disability ...

Students collect signatures to keep Accessible Technology Commons open
Golden Gate Xpress
“The DPRC, I think they are trying to emphasize universal design. It's not effective to people who have special needs,” she said. “People have different ...

May 13, 2019

Zero Threshold design competition aims to bring beauty to barrier-free living
In recent decades, some designers of products and services have embraced “universal design,” the theory that any product or technology adapted for ...

Moreau planning for sprawling new universal playground
Olean Times Herald
“Some of them are more advanced with universal design than others,” she said. “Some have more experience with municipalities or with group builds.”

When Inclusion Just Makes Life Easier
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
It's like applying “Universal Design” to daily life. One is the third-person singular pronoun “they.” I rejected it for a long time, on the grounds that it was ...

Parker: Design firm helps address accessibility, mobility needs
Calgary Herald
Universal design is good for everyone, for both residential and commercial clients. A member of the Canadian Advisory Board for Accessibility, ...

May 6, 2019

Universal design for learning spices up lessons with options for all
Education Dive
At March's UDL-IRN Summit​, Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Professor of Counseling and Special Education Serra De Arment detailed ...

Let the children play — and James City County has inclusive parks for it
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
In addition, JCC's My Place playground at 5301 Longhill Road in Williamsburg, is an all-inclusive play environment built using universal design ...

April 29, 2019

Mizzou Disability Coalition leads Student Accessibility Walk
MU students were led throughout campus by members of the Mizzou Disability Coalition on Thursday as part of the first Student Accessibility...

COLUMN: Housing in BP lacks accessibility for people with disabilities, especially those requiring a wheelchair
Sun Post
Many older adults in wheelchairs could also save both themselves and the taxpayers Medicare and Assisted Living Costs if their homes or apartments, were handicap accessible ...

Top Educators Talk About What to Expect From The Industry's Next Generation
Business of Home
Universal design—by that I mean designing for people of all abilities—has been at the forefront for 20 years now, and we continue to emphasize that...

April 22, 2019

Disability Advocates promotes universal accessibility
Focusing on universal design — the design and composition of buildings and environments for accessibility by all — the movement focuses on how ...

National Disability Theatre Launches Commissioning Partnership
American Theatre
National Disability Theatre believes that universal design practices with full accessibility benefit all audience members, not just those who identify as ...

Supporting Instructors Who Embrace Online Teaching and OER
Inside Higher Ed
The fellowship is designed to acquaint instructors with the concept of universal design for learning (UDL), which aims to ensure that all students, ...

Creating an accessible learning environment
Emporia Gazette
They spoke on equal access through universal design and accommodation versus accessibility. They described accommodation as a reaction to a ...

What Peter Dutton and the building industry need to know about housing for all
The Fifth Estate
Dr Jane Bringolf, a director of the Centre for Universal Design Australia, tells The Fifth Estate that in 2010, there was a consensus from government, ...

April 15, 2019

Inclusivity in building and architecture
“The pursuit of Universal Design, in our county, and beyond, is the next level of inclusive design which goes beyond mere compliance to truly welcome ...

Make your Google Docs more accessible
eSchool News
We should always be thinking about including universal design for learning (UDL) in all that we do. As a matter of fact, the ISTE Standards for ...

Campus accessibility concerns ramp up
Now, administrators are seeking universal design, specifically in the construction of the new Lakeside Residential Complex and parking garage.

April 8, 2019

How America’s individualistic streak shaped design for disability
While design for disability has become more mainstream, including the increased usage and dialogue around universal design—the idea that design ...

Design for All: Why Inclusion Matters in Business
That itself can be a never-ending challenge. It is a very specific kind of design work to create a universal design. But what I love about inclusive design ...

Autonomous Vehicle Design Should Benefit Broader Group of Potential Drivers
MassTransitMag.com (press release) (blog)
... manufacturers to produce accessible designs for automated vehicle systems and notes that developing standards and focusing on universal design ...

April 1, 2019

A tragic accident spurred home builder Peter Crain's 'lifetime-friendly design'
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The house doesn't scream universal design or have the institutional aesthetic that many associate with accessibility. “It's not like there are grab bars all ...

Accommodating college students on the spectrum at Temple University
Temple News
The DRS' comprehensive approach to classroom accessibility, which focuses on a universal design, sets it apart from services at other universities, ...

Make affordable housing accessible
Colorado Springs Independent
Currently, only two home builders in our region offer universal design. This comes down to a couple of factors. One is the common misconception that ...

Automated vehicles: the opportunity to create an inclusive mobility system
Automotive World
These design challenges can be met by using the universal design principle. This means that solutions need to be usable by as many people as ...

Robot with AR Could Help People with Disabilities
Machine Design
... a wide range of physical impairments can operate means we can provide access to a broad range of people, a form of universal design,” Grice says.

March 25, 2019

Seiichi Miyake: 3 Ways Inclusive Design Is Revolutionizing Urban Planning
Norway is at the foreground of establishing universal design thanks to a law that pushes the country to make the practice widespread by 2025.

Promoting wheelchair-friendly taxis
"Universal design" taxis look like station wagons and can easily ... train-station operators to set up loading zones specifically for universal-design taxis.

March 18, 2019

Access and Accommodations
The DePauw
Johnston describes the process used by Ford as “universal design” and believes the university should be moving towards it as a whole. “Essentially ...

A Plane of One’s Own: Introducing Inclusive Design on Commercial Aircraft
APEX Media
“I think the Volvo YCC was meant as a wake-up call,” says Patricia Moore, an internationally renowned pioneer of universal design whose clients have ...

How to Make Your Teaching More Engaging
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Rather than offer separate policies for students who need learning accommodations, practice universal design, so that all students have access to ...

March 11, 2019

Parents, Teachers Agree Inclusion Works for Students with Disabilities, but More Resources are Needed
Inclusion is a type of education where students with disabilities are taught in the same classroom as typically-developing kids, and school districts are responsible for providing any resources...

Office of Inclusive Design proposed by Student Disability Commission will provide resources for campus-wide accessibility issues
UW Daily
The proposed OID will address the campus-wide accessibility problems for students with disabilities, student parents, English language learners, and others. These accessibility issues ...

March 4, 2019

How to Design a Better City for Deaf People
CityLab Daily
Lighting, sound-deflecting surfaces, big spaces—all of these elements can influence a deaf person’s ability to communicate. DeafSpace design considers it all.

Rental bikes can block paths on campus, impeding accessibility
The Daily
With the recent snow days on campus, students, faculty, and staff were constantly reminded to be careful when walking outside and stay home if it’s too hard to get from home to campus. However, most of campus was even more dangerous for people with disabilities.

February 25, 2019

Professor attends workshop on inclusive toy design
The Reflector Online
The 18th International Creativity Workshop “Toy Design and Inclusive Play” hosted by the Berlin-based, non-profit association “Fördern durch ...

Design Speak: Guiding Lights
Ladue News
The collection emphasizes universal design from traditional to contemporary, so there's something for every style. The idea for Philip Austin Fine ...

February 18, 2019

Universal Design for Learning: Three Aces Up Our IT Sleeves (EDUCAUSE Review)
Audio Visual News Network
"To become top-ranked poker players, aspiring superstars need to develop a core group of card-playing skills that go way beyond "know when to hold ...

Accessibility isn’t charity — it’s a lifesaving responsibility
Change is still needed. We can find it in universal design as the future of infrastructure. The core tenet of universal design is thinking about everyone's ...

Editorial: Demanding accessibility at BU
Binghamton University Pipe Dream
According to Mulcahy, the University could also utilize universal design, which is a method of design that considers how to make spaces accessible for ...

February 11, 2019

Architects address campus accessibility, proposed renovations
N.C. State University Technician Online
Lisa Johnson stated that one of the university's guiding principles are “universal design,” a term coined by Ron Mace, a graduate from the NC State....

Videos help faculty understand importance of inclusive technology
Colorado State University
Watch an introduction to Stories of Inclusive Technology: Diversity, Accessibility and Universal Design. Since it was first implemented in 2004...

New tool within Canvas will support accessibility needs, different learners
Inside UW-IT News
Not everyone learns in the same way, speaks English natively, or has the same abilities, accessibility of the content is critical. Enter “Ally,” a tool UW-IT is introducing that integrates with the Canvas Learning Management System to promote more inclusive learning.

February 4, 2019

Universal Design
Harvard Medical School
A small container on Timothy Rogers' desk in the Tosteson Medical Education Center holds a dozen business cards with his new title: director of the ....

Making Weighted Blankets More Popular Is Great for Autistic People
This is what universal design is all about, which many disability advocates talk about, because it highlights the many benefits of designing ...

Interaction Lab Helps Make Homes More Accessible
Centennial Citizen
It's all part of showcasing what Sanidas explains is universal design, a concept that emphasizes environments that are accessible to everyone...

Accessibility Forum Fills Up; Students Frustrated
The Justice
Lynch emphasized the importance of embracing universal design on campus. Universal design is the principle that when communities are inclusive of...

January 28, 2019

Behind the Design
Tommy Adaptive
For one in five Americans living with a disability, something as simple as getting dressed each day can be a challenge. Inspired by their experiences, our design team committed to think in new ways and uncover new solutions.

What Is the Relationship Between Learning Design and Student Well-Being?
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
Flexible course design is an important part universal design; creating a learning experience that is accessible to the broadest range of learners.

Design for All
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Proponents of “Universal Design” presented a more optimistic and generous vision of design that could serve both disabled and non-disabled users ...

5 Ways to Protect the Planet Without Disenfranchising People With Disabilities
YES! Magazine
The principles of universal design aim to move beyond accessibility and accommodation toward inclusivity in architectural design and development.

January 21, 2019

Phaze Concrete Explains the Benefit of Universal Design
EIN News (press release)
He was the visionary behind Universal Design. He dedicated most of his life to creating a more accessible world with the design. Now, this design is ...

Teaching, a Link Round-Up
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
Tuning Your Pedagogical Practice: Universal Design Learning, Neelofer Qadir. In this post on Universal Design Learning, Neelofer demonstrates how ...

January 14, 2019

Architect goes blind, says he's actually gotten better at his job
What he has done in the 10 years since losing his sight, as a person, and as an architect, can only be described as a different kind of vision.

Clothing labels for people with disabilities offer much-needed comfort and dignity
ABC News
More than 4 million Australians are estimated to have a disability, yet there are only a handful of boutique manufacturers across the country making inclusive and adaptive clothing for them.

January 7, 2019

New Opportunities in the New Year
Kitchen & Bath Design News
Kitchen and bath designers can make the most of the market by identifying emerging opportunities and translating them into projects that meet the changing needs of clients.

NSW government sets a new standard in digital public service design
The Mandarin
The New South Wales government has unveiled a new Digital Design System today, to encourage more consistency between different online services, websites, apps and registration processes.

Making Information Accessible - For Everyone
The University of Melbourne
Essential but often complex services like banks, utilities and phones need to be accessible for all, including those with cognitive disabilities. Here’s how you do it.

Rider education professor: To reach special-needs students, curricula must be 'barrier-free'
News at Rider University
... Delisio’s research focuses on how children with special needs can be taught more effectively. One of the ways she does this is by adopting the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Toyota’s JPN Taxi to get wheelchair access upgrade
The Asahi Shimbun
Toyota Motor Corp.’s JPN Taxi released last year will be improved for wheelchair users as early as spring 2019.

Dialogue focuses on rights of persons with disabilities
The dialogue focussed on the theme ‘Accessibility Through Universal Design’ and gathered participants from ASEAN sectoral bodies, government officials, organisations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions and experts on disability rights.

December 24, 2018

Metropolis's Best of 2018: The 5 Objects and Exhibitions That Represented This Year
Metropolis Magazine
And what would it say about design culture today? ... The project marks a renewed interest in universal design, a philosophy that considers the needs ...

New Dawn for Those with Disabilities
Bangkok Post
In the social sector, the Masterplan makes references to inclusive education, ... The focus for the 2018 Dialogue is application of universal design in ...

December 17, 2018

Universal Design and the Politics of Disability and Designing Disability: Symbols, Space, and Society
Disability Studies Quarterly
Review of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability and Designing Disability: Symbols, Space, and Society.

Making information accessible - for everyone
Put simply, universal design is defined as 'the design of products, environments, programmes, and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest ...

Improving accessibility will help older homeowners age in place
Seattle Times
Remodelers can employ universal design — or “aging in place” design — that melds safe, practical and accessible conveniences with a modern and ...

December 10, 2018

Promoting a Universal Design
Millennium Post
It's something the disability sector calls universal design. Design things and places that all can use – and you won't need to make "special" things for ...

November 30, 2018

Americans Need Home Design That Welcomes Everyone
Architectural Digest
Discovering resources and literature about Universal Design—an approach that calls for products and environments to be equitable and accessible to ...

A Case for Inclusive Design
Furthermore, the ADA's focus on access for persons with disabilities has since inspired a variety of welcome approaches—such as universal design, ...

‘Dialogue Day’ promotes awareness of campus diversity
The Signal
Foster's concept of universal inclusion is rooted in the urban planning concept of universal design, or the idea of designing spaces that accommodate ...

November 27, 2018

10 cities that are championing accessibility for venues and events
... innovation, equality, universal design, and impact. surrounding the slopes, designboom highlights the 10 most intriguing design projects on show.

Viewpoint: People with disabilities are eager to work
Boston Business Journal
Adoption of universal design helps all workers, including people with disabilities, physically access and function in the workplace. Many companies ...

Schools must ensure tech meets needs across range of disabilities
Education Dive
It's important, however, that these tools reflect a universal design process, meaning they can be used by the widest group of children possible, taking ...

November 20, 2018

MoD issues guidelines for inclusive building design, accessibility
Borneo Bulletin Online
“The guidelines also focus on older persons to create a more inclusive community through universal design concepts, as well as requirements for ...

Appreciating students' differences boosts classroom success, says school leader
Education Dive
Universal design for learning (UDL) starts with understanding all students are different and how that's normal, as detailed in an eSchoolNews Q&A ...

Leading for Inclusive Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education (press release)
“... universal design was more individual, but now I think all can be included in the classroom.” “I used to think inclusion was just something for schools, ...

BestCities unveil ground-breaking ‘Universal Accessibility in Meetings’ research
Travel News | eTurboNews
Venus Ilagan, Secretary General of Rehabilitation International, said: “Destinations should look into the concept of universal design. Universal design ...

November 2, 2018

Universal building techniques help people thrive in living environments
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Jane Earl, a longtime steward in the Madison community, is on a quest to help the city understand the benefits of universal design, ensuring that ...

5 steps to incorporate universal design
Sachse News
Incorporate universal design strategies into your next remodeling project with this five-step guide from the experts at the National Association of the ...

Experts reimagine the future of inclusive post-secondary education
UCalgary News
“I think Shelley's presentation demonstrated the passion we all feel for IPSE and universal design as a road for equitable access to education..

October 26, 2018

Tonight at 10: Universal building techniques help people thrive in living environments
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
"Universal design is just that, it is universal. It's for everyone, and if we take that into consideration at the beginning stages of construction, you don't ...

Universal design: Conference aims to increase college courses teaching accessibility
CU Boulder Today
Accessing Higher Ground will address the need for accessibility topics to be included in college-level courses. The 21st annual Accessible Media, ...

Future Amherst hotel seen as first-of-a-kind for all-access accommodations
WIVB.com - News 4
Architects utilized what is known as "universal design" on the drawing board, and this project when it is complete will be the first in the country.

Task force works to make campus more accessible for all
The Hofstra Chronicle
... update older buildings and design new facilities that follow the tenets of universal design; however, individuals still remain concerned about the lack ...

October 19, 2018

The No. 1 thing you’re getting wrong about inclusive design
Fast Company
We also found it helpful to distinguish inclusive design from related concepts, like accessibility and universal design. Here's a quick primer that guided ...

Housing Accessibility and Human Rights
The term “universal design” was coined by the architect Ronald Mace to describe the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be ...

Conceptualizing inaccessibility on campus
The Varsity, University of Toronto’s Student Newspaper
In the context of the recent OHRC policy on accessible education, it is necessary to examine how ableism still persists in universities

October 16, 2018

Good Tech Design is Accessible, But There's a Skills Gap
... Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) which is working with universities to include accessibility and universal design principles in curricula ...

Dear UNR, stop treating disabled as second-class citizens
UNR The Nevada Sagebrush (blog)
Universal design is the National Disability Authority definition of “design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood ...

Creating a culture of inclusion; harnessing difference in the public interest
Irish Times
Key to our success in creating an inclusive working environment is the incorporation of universal design principles in the design of our workspaces.

October 5, 2018

GST & Universal Design: Creating Access for the Visually Impaired
In my last article, I discussed how geospatial technology and universal design work together to empower people with disabilities to navigate the world ...

nTIDE September 2018 Jobs Report: Promising job gains for americans with disabilities
EurekAlert (press release)
Applying the concept of universal design to buildings and transportation systems has improved inclusivity in the workplace. Expanding this concept ...

'Fix Systems, Not People'
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
Partly true, but we can make them a little less complicated by replacing expensive textbooks with OER, following the principles of Universal Design for ...

September 28, 2018

We're Loving This Adaptive Shoe Line For Kids With Special Needs, and Parents Will, Too
In the hopes of creating a "universal design" for people of all abilities, BILLY Footwear recently released a new line of adaptive shoes that are both ...

Problems found with access to new training facility for Paralympic athletes
The Mainichi
"The inside of the building has a universal design for Paralympic athletes, but getting there is the issue," said Kawai. "We would like to thoroughly ...

September 24, 2018

Opinion: New KiwiBuild apartments are affordable, but are they accessible?
To take a more holistic view of accessibility, new builds could additionally follow Universal Design principles. Universal design is about designing ...

Disabled in Grad School: Informal Accommodations
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
And if not, what options can you make available to everyone, as part of a universal design framework? [Photo of the table Alyssa works under in the ...

September 14, 2018

Sensory-friendly venues accommodate guests on the autism spectrum
The Philadelphia Tribune
... to create KidZooU, a hands-on, child-centric exhibit that uses the Universal Design concept to offer an inclusive, enriching experience for children.

Rick Hansen Foundation hosting ‘Accessibility Assessor’ courses
Canadian Architect
... findings, reflecting compliance and gaps related to relevant human rights and accessibility legislation, regulations, and Universal Design standards.

How Apple’s New Smartwatch Could Help Home-Based Care Providers
Home Health Care News
The Living in Place Institute and the Universal Design Living Laboratory are among the U.S. organizations working with home-based providers to ...

September 7, 2018

Cohasset schools faculty gearing up for opening day
Wicked Local
“I am excited as I am every year to continue the good work we have been doing on social-emotional leaning, project-based learning, Universal Design ...

All children should feel like they belong at school
We call for system-wide barrier prevention and removal, and universal design. We call on all the players to put students with disabilities at the centre of ...

August 31, 2018

Designs help handicapped to get around
Temple Daily Telegram
Universal design is not a list of specifications, it is an approach to design that considers ... Last week, a forum on universal design was held in Belton.

Symposium focuses on sustainable housing
Temple Daily Telegram
Universal design is terrific for people with disabilities, but it's equally important for those who are aging and require housing that meets their needs ...

August 27, 2018

Universal Design 101: Tips for Creating More Accessible Spaces
Most people don’t have to think twice about using an elevator or walking down the hall at lunchtime. But for people with disabilities, these daily tasks can become complicated and frustrating due to poorly designed spaces...

Creating a classroom that supports learning for all
Education Dive
The premise of the universal design of learning (UDL) concept builds on three components: “engagement, representation, and action and expression,” ...

Facilities turning barrier-free across Japan for inclusive 2020 Tokyo Paralympics
The Mainichi
... the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, facilities across Japan are being renovated or newly built to meet universal design standards.

Accessibility must be more than an add-on to online pedagogy
University Affairs
These conversations fall short when they fail to uphold standards of inclusivity that are at the heart of basic, proactive Universal Design for Learning ...

Tokyo 2020 Promotes Paralympic Benefits for Japan
Around the Rings
Multi-stakeholder initiatives for improving accessibility beyond the Games are also part of preparations. The national government's “Universal Design ...

Equity, diversity, inclusion
“Frameworks like universal design for instruction and universal design for learning, for example, do not rely solely on providing accommodations for ...

August 17, 2018

Builder Magazine
One of the overriding desires of the ProjeKt team was to provide for the total wellness of the residents by incorporating universal design, which started ...

10 reasons why inclusive design is good design
Lumesse Learning (press release) (blog)
Inclusive design – also known as Design for All (Europe) or Universal Design (USA) – is not about assuming a 'one-size-fits-all' user experience.

Tips, Tricks and Tools to Build Your Inclusive Classroom Through UDL
Many educators know it as the building blocks behind Universal Design for Learning, or UDL. Developed by CAST, UDL is comprised of three guiding ...

August 10, 2018

Geospatial Tech & Universal Design: Creating Access for All
Ramps and tactile maps are examples of universal design, the concept that all experiences, particularly in the built environment, should be accessible ...

Push for accessible housing regulations
Government News
In 2010, Australia's construction industry agreed to voluntarily apply universal design principles to housing design that would ensure properties are ...

August 3, 2018

Teachers get creative in lesson plans
The Republic
Universal Design for Learning, according to George Van Horn, BCSC director of special education, is based on three core principles: Helping ...

How bathroom design can be a bridge to more accessible architecture
... Stryker, and legal scholar Terry Kogan, to launch a design firm and consultancy, MIXdesign, focused on issues of accessibility and universal design.

PunkinFutz Recognized By Moms, Educators, and Early Education Professionals, Winning Five Creative Child Magazine Awards
Markets Insider
Launched in 2016, PunkinFutz uses universal design to create original therapeutic play products and accessories for children with a broad range of ...

July 27, 2018

Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility are Key Players for New eLearning Champion
University of Cincinnati
UC Athletics professor Jennifer Sturm is chosen as eLearning Champion for incorporating teaching techniques that contribute to student success.

How Can We Design Truly Gender-Neutral Work Places
Universal design encourages and promotes the accommodation of varying individual needs and preferences. Unfortunately, much of office design is ...

July 20, 2018

Do I want an always-on digital assistant listening in all the time?
Scholars are investigating how smart devices can support “universal design,” a way of making spaces and activities accessible and convenient for ...

Does workplace design really matter?
An antidote to this is what Christopher Allen, head of workplace consulting at Morgan Lovell, calls “universal design” – making a building accessible ...

How can technology become the ultimate ally for inclusion?
Ellis is also a software engineer with Bank of Ireland and has been involved in various initiatives to promote universal design thinking and inclusion ...

July 13, 2018

How Universal Design is Helping Home Health Providers Improve Care
Home Health Care News
“[The Universal Design Living Laboratory's] purpose is to be a catalyst for change in the design and building industry,” Rosemarie Rossetti, who built ...

The bendy plastic straw was originally used in hospitals and vital for people with disabilities
... as an icon of “universal design”—a principle that ensures that all designed objects and systems are accessible and pleasing to everyone regardless ...

Growing a 'Hidden Gem' in North Casper
KCWY 13 Where News Comes First
... for the park to make this a fully accessible universal design park so folk in wheelchairs for with any kind of disability can access the park and enjoy it.

July 6, 2018

Japanese schools adopting ‘color universal design’ to help kids with color vision deficiency
The Japan Times
A growing number of Japanese schools are adopting the “color universal design” system to ensure education materials meet the needs of people with ...

Perth to get multi-million dollar 'inclusive' playground where everyone's welcome
Pia's Place is a joint project driven by the Rudd family in memory of their baby, Pia Maeve, working to create the "universal design nature playground" ...

Shouldn’t All Design be Human-Centred?
Canadian Architect
Currently, the various cousins and alter-egos of universal design (accessible design, inclusive design, human-centred design) remain in the realm of ...

Hendersonville to fund study to improve ADA compliance
WMC Action News 5
“The ramps, the automatic door openers are great for moms pushing strollers, so it really is about understanding that universal design and looking at ...

June 29, 2018

Why artificial intelligence is a human right
CIO Australia
And that these new design determinants could quickly become mainstream universal design and benefit everyone? The Convention is remarkable ...

Students with dyslexia sinking in class as WA schools neglect to provide proper help
King5 News
The Sammamish boys, who have dyslexia, were at least two years behind their grade level. Yet, the Lake Washington School District did not teach them using a specialized curriculum for dyslexia intervention. That's an issue because federal law requires public schools...

June 22, 2018

Greensboro College Formally Recognized as a Universal Design for Learning Institution
Yes! Weekly
The center, based in Boston, is the founding institution for Universal Design for Learning and promotes UDL principles in all levels of learning.

3 Keys For Making Products And Marketing For All
This is “universal design,” which challenges designers to think more carefully about how to create a product that can be used by the largest number of ...

Group plans inclusive playground
Suffolk News-Herald
The project has begun to look at designs for the park, and they want it to have a universal design. That means the park would be accessible not only to ...

June 19, 2018

Taiwan launches 'universal design' contest to boost accessibility at scenic areas
Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Tourism Bureau has kicked off a universal design competition targeting the island's scenic spots in a bid to create a more ...

Intelligent Design
Kitchen and Bath Design News
Whether it's called universal design, design for aging (or living) in place, accessible design or simply intelligent design, the goal is not just to solve ...

Housing Advisory Network Coalition plans meeting on accessibility and universal design
Temple Daily Telegram
Universal design refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people ...

June 1, 2018

We Are the Original Lifehackers
New York Times
Since then OXO has become a nearly universal example of universal design, a concept that strives to produce products and spaces accessible to ...

From AI to inclusive hiring, Satya Nadella seeks further inspiration at Microsoft’s Ability Summit
“That combined with a real universal design as the product ethos, that's why I think it's the golden age of being able to build products for everyone.

Designing an inclusive city
The Star Online
THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) will release a brief guidebook to ensure all developments adhere to the universal design needs ...

Why accessibility needs to evolve into design for everyone, by everyone
The Globe and Mail
... argument that will become louder in the next generation, as universal design comes to shape our built environments and other aspects of our lives.

Fashioning diversity: CWU backs doll wheelchair project
Yakima Herald-Republic
... be physically disabled, bringing attention to the need for universal design — making products to serve those with disabilities, notes a news release.

May 25, 2018

Curb Cuts
99% Invisible
If you live in an American city and you don’t personally use a wheelchair, it’s easy to overlook the small ramp at most intersections, between the sidewalk and the street...

The Homes of Tomorrow are Here Today at Selah Vista
Yakima Herald-Republic
Additionally, all the homes at Selah Vista are engineered and constructed with Universal Design in mind. They are ADA (Americans with Disabilities ...

5 for Good: Discovery Museum in Acton inspires curiosity in kids of all abilities
WCVB Boston
Using universal design principals, the environment was made to be enjoyed by the widest possible range of people in the same way. To get to the tree ...

Separate but ADA-compliant
The main problem, according to some disability advocates, is the lack of universal design on campus. Universal design is the concept of designing ...

May 18, 2018

Register for Cornell’s first Web Accessibility Camp, Aug. 6-8
Cornell Chronicle
Cornell University will hold its first Web Accessibility Camp, “Universal Design for Any Person, Any Study,” Aug. 6-8, with sessions to be hosted by ...

ASUW board of directors discusses year-end goals
The gender-neutral space would incorporate universal design and individual changing spaces to emphasize family accessibility as well. These goals ...

Sponsor spotlight: Woman to gain freedom with new wheelchair ramp
My Edmonds News
Here they showcase universal design, aging in place remodeling, and best construction practices. Company owner Joseph Irons and team have their ...

May 11, 2018

How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design?
How can institutions create a culture of collaboration to support universal design? On Tuesday, May 8 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss ...

Promote Independent Travel in Airports
Developed with travelers like Pat in mind, the objective of the guidebook is to assist airports in successfully communicating information to these user groups to help them find their way in the airport environment using the principles of universal design. In order to achieve this objective, however, an airport ...

Microsoft commits $25M over 5 years for new ‘AI for Accessibility’ initiative to help people with disabilities
Nadella and his son, Zain, who was born with cerebral palsy. Partially because of his personal life, Nadella is an outspoken advocate for accessibility and universal design in tech. (Microsoft Photo). Microsoft is committing $25 million over five years to develop artificial intelligence-powered technologies ...

In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever
WIRED Media Group
REDMOND, Washington—The Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC), slated to launch "later this year," looks almost incomplete at first glance. The clean, confusing-looking slab, nearly the length and width of an Xbox One S, has no joysticks... /p>

May 4, 2018

The Radical Frontier Of Inclusive Design
Technology has solved some problems for disabled people, but it’s also created plenty of problems that remain to be solved. At one of the year’s biggest events on human-computer interaction, we got a glimpse of how some researchers are putting wild new technology to work to increase access for all...

April 27, 2018

Adaptive Clothing Designers Are Innovating Like Amazon By Putting The Customer First/a>
Camila Chiriboga, an adaptive fashion designer, created a universal design platform called ve°. She created her own collection of designs for people who are blind and visually impaired to help them understand what they are wearing. Over the past few weeks, I've been meeting with industry leaders in ...

25 honored for work helping those with disabilities
Lucia Rios is familiar face along the Lakeshore, advocating and educating people about issues that affect people with disabilities. The former journalist chronicles her experiences on her Facebook page. She's a sought-after speaker and is tapping into her writing experience as a journalist to complete ...

Echo River Springs Trail is now accessible for everyone
Glasgow Daily Times
When he first met with national park officials about the project, he was told that he would have to use universal design standards, meaning the slopes could not be any greater than 8 percent. He thought that would be OK, but then he was told the national park wanted the slopes to be no more than 5 ...

Why are wheelchair-friendly travel options in Asia so lacking? Plus five accessible tourist attractions among region’s best
South China Morning Post
“We need to introduce universal design to new infrastructure projects and enforce it by means of laws, and promote public-private partnership,” he says, adding that in November, government and private sector representatives from Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines attended an ...

April 26, 2018

Inclusive design for the deaf and hard of hearing in the media
UConn Daily Campus
Universal design is the intentional fabrication of the environment to allow it to be accessed by all people. This is not specific to the deaf or hard of hearing; it also includes senior citizens and people with disabilities. Universal design has eight major goals: body fit, comfort, awareness, understanding, ...

3 Ways Colleges Can Help Faculty Members Avoid Burnout
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Take a Universal Design approach to faculty mental health. The crucial principle of Universal Design is that if environments are shaped to better suit people with extraordinary needs, those environments will better suit all of us. I wrote last August about the benefits of designing our courses with the needs ...

April 13, 2018

WCN (WestminsterCollege Network)
This type of building is called Universal Design as stated by Davis. Probuilt has built many of these types of homes for their customers. Within the universal design these homes will have doorways that are wider, counter tops are lowered, hardwood floors throughout the home, ramps instead of stairs and ...

Scottsdale home shows beauty of universal, accessible design
The non-profit organization Ability360 owns the Mast house in Scottsdale, where strategic renovations turned the standard tract home into a model of accessibility. Andrea Galyean, Special for The Republic Published 1:08 p.m. MT April 12, 2018. Mast house in Scottsdale remodeled for accessibility.

April 6, 2018

Museum Sends Universal Design Message
Kitchen and Bath Design News
For more than 25 years, my design work has been driven in part by a passion for inclusive or Universal Design. While awareness and appreciation for improved access have grown over the years, we still have a gap between the design approach called “universal” or “inclusive” and what it actually ...

What You’re Getting Wrong About Inclusive Design
Co.Design (blog)
The tension with universal design is how you design something that works for everyone in all scenarios, with every contingency. That's one of the challenges of understanding inclusive design when we look at the object, saying, “This design is inclusive design.” In those cases, often what we mean is ....

Remodel for Life-Long Independence
Prime Time News
However, only about 1 in 10 older homeowners who remodeled in 2014 and 2015 did so to make their home easier for everyone to use regardless of age, size or ability, known as Universal design, Livable Design or Better Design. It emphasizes convenience, simplicity, flexibility and adaptability.

March 30, 2018

Workshop on Universal Design for Learning ends in Cape Coast
Ghana News Agency
Cape Coast, March 25, GNA - Stakeholders in special and regular education in the Central Region have ended a workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It was to build the knowledge of participants, particularly special education teachers in the UDL Framework, and strengthen their capacity ...

Why Some Students Struggle with Group Work
Faculty Focus (blog)
I now realize that there are ways to support our 'neurodivergent' students as Finnegan calls them, students who struggle with disorders or trauma that interfere with social interactions. What's more, these supports help all our students be successful. In line with Universal Design for Learning principles, we ...

March 16, 2018

The New School + #SXSW: Parsons’ Open Style Lab Designs for People of All Abilities
The New School News (blog) News
“Disability overlaps with aging and universal design,” Jun said in a recent interview with The New York Times. “We need to see it as part of our life cycle. It's something that we need to not only see from a human rights standpoint but also for its economic value.” A leading art and design school dedicated ...

Don't Dismantle the ADA
Hence the wheelchair ramp, restroom grab bar, and other standards of universal design. Currently, if a person with a disability encounters an accessibility barrier, and the property owner refuses to accommodate them, they can file a complaint with the Department of Justice's Disability Rights Section (a ...

March 9, 2018

Teachers reminded to use the Universal Design for learning framework
Ghana Business News
Selected teachers at a forum in Winneba has been reminded to use the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to ensure that no child is left behind in education. The Universal Design for Learning Framework is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences that guides the ...

Arora Engineers Inc. Contributes to Enhanced Airport Wayfinding for the Elderly and Disabled
The philosophy behind this research project was the concept of universal design, or the idea that we can design environments that, to the greatest extent possible, are usable for everyone. This concept moves the design process past the realm of legal standards and minimum requirements, and seeks to ...

It's a DBKL beautification project, but residents upset at not being consulted
The Star Online
“DBKL told us it was using a universal design that was disabled friendly, which is why they did not consult us. "We are also unhappy that when DBKL began the project, it did take into account the safety of the visually impaired community in the township. “Every day, MAB staff and members are faced with ...

This San Francisco School Shows What Great Special Education Can Look Like
San Francisco Examiner
Teachers receive training in Universal Design Learning (UDL). Instead of adapting curriculum only for students with disabilities, this approach encourages teachers to design lessons from the beginning in a way that makes them accessible to every student – a model for “personalized learning” that ...

March 2, 2018

Panel outlines student experiences with accommodations, disability
The Bowdoin Orient
The guide includes information about the universal design model, which could make classes more accessible for all students who have a variety of different learning styles and needs. The model also came up in discussion at the panel as a curriculum strategy. “The universal design model means ...

February 23, 2018

Interiors & Sources (press release)
This is why we unwaveringly advocate for universal design, a practice that seeks to create environments that can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible regardless of age, sex, size or ability.” It continues, “We oppose any effort that disincentives businesses to build or update ...

Confidence Crisis in Online Accessibility
Inside Higher Ed
Addressing accessibility and universal design issues was listed as the third-greatest challenge facing online learning administrators in the survey. The No. 1 challenge was ensuring adequate student services for online students, followed by a lack of space for training and technical assistance. Training is ...

No place like home for aging peacefully
As Sonny Nazemian sees it, the art of creating a comfortable environment for homeowners with Aging-in-Place (A-I-P) requirements consists largely of mastering design ideas that will help to normalize a special needs situation. “That's one of the reasons that we proposed a universal design solution for ...

Inclusive Design: Students, Families and Staff Working Together
HuffPost Canada
The design of instruction must include universal design which takes into account learning abilities, it has to be culturally relevant and responsive to reflect lived experiences, should be framed through social justice inquiry that allows their experiences to come and must be framed by solid instructional and ...

February 16, 2018

What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?
The Guardian
Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift.

Enhancing quality of care through design
McKnight's Long Term Care News
Patricia Moore, introduced as “the mother of universal design,” told the audience that her elderly grandparents inspired her work. They struggled to maintain their independence in a world that made it difficult for them. “Grandma wasn't broken,” she said. “The tools we gave her were inadequate.”

More than a game
Kenosha News
The hosts are trained in universal design, which means we can easily adapt any game to include any level of physical or intellectual ability. We have technology tools available, such as a sip-and-puff video game controller, magnifiers, tactile dice, and calming fidgets. There is an element of peer support ...

The Teacher's Academy Promotes Creativity in the Classroom
Digital Journal
One course, "Universal Design for Learning," demonstrates how to design effective lessons for all learners, rather than teach to the "average" student. This class will challenge the concept of "average" learners, which leads to a lack of enthusiasm, missed goals, and thousands of dropouts. It will show ...

February 9, 2018

Universal design is for everyone, everywhere
Mother Nature Network (blog)
It's important to note that universal design is different from accessible design, which is primarily about providing access to people in wheelchairs. The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures that they have access to public spaces and multifamily housing. There are about 1.7 million Americans who must ...

Human-Centered Design: How I’m Devising My Own MS Solutions
Everyday Health, Inc. (blog)
Many of us are familiar with the concept of universal design (UD), namely, making environments and products universally accessible, so that everyone, regardless of age, size, ability, or disability, can use them. Some common examples of universal design include installing both stairs and a ramp at ...

Amid Concerns, School Board Says New H-B Woodlawn Building is Inclusive of Students with Disabilities
ARL now
"We wish to confirm that design and operation of the new school on the Wilson will comply with the principles of Universal Design and inclusion and that students in the Stratford, ESOL HILT, Asperger's and H-B Woodlawn programs will not be segregated from one another,” the School Board responded.

Gov't mulls ordinance requiring 2 or more wheelchair spaces per train
The Mainichi
"We considered the content (of the ordinance) based on the opinions of wheelchair users," said a representative of the MLIT's Poli cy Division for Universal Design. "Moving forward, we will collect public opinion and make the proper revisions to the ministry ordinance."

February 5, 2018

Breaking down barriers to computer science for students with disabilities
There are about 7.4 million K-12 students with disabilities in the United States. This is 15 percent of K-12 students nationwide. Students who are blind, deaf, or have other disabilities related to reading, such as dyslexia, have long been an afterthought for computer science courses.

Design Eats the World: Are the UW’s courses accessible to all?
On the proactive side, the university also has several progressive accommodations that follow the principle of “universal design.” It's defined by the National Disability Authority (NDA) of Ireland as “the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the ...

How UDL can lift learning for every student
Education Dive
Universal design for learning, or UDL, is an approach to curriculum planning that ensures lessons and learning spaces work for all students based on their specific needs. Materials, and the way they are taught, focus on the space and not the student, says an article in Education Week. Shifts in adopting ....

Beyond the beige: disability aids enter the modern era
The Sydney Morning Herald
"Universal design is about creating design solutions that are so user-friendly, so engaging that they work perfectly for the majority of the population," says Professor Mark Armstrong of Monash University, who worked on three generations of the Cochlear implant. "But because they are so easy to use they ...

College campuses are ignoring sexual assault survivors with disabilities, report says
Those with visual disabilities lacked access to print information that adheres to “universal design,” or design that is accessible to both students with disabilities and students without disabilities. Students with mobility disabilities had trouble accessing resource centers because they were on the edge of ...

Access denied
Ferris State Torch
“Universal design for a bathroom would be that it's wheelchair accessible, that it's accessible for little people and accessible for people with all different kinds of abilities. If you look around campus, you can tell that there are bathrooms that are not set up that way. Sinks are all at a certain height, bathroom ...

January 26, 2018

Smithsonian Exhibit Puts Focus On Accessible Design
Cooper Hewitt
From clothing to utensils and computers, a new exhibit is showcasing the varied and increasing ways that today's world is adapting to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.

How Design for One Turns Into Design for All
The New York Times
Too often products made for people with different physical, cognitive and sensory abilities have been ugly, feebly designed and stigmatizing. They’ve been developed not by designers but by engineers. And engineers haven’t always taken their cues from people who have disabilities, the ones who know best what they need and want. Ah exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum makes plain why design matters. It points toward a generational change in thinking, not just about designing for difference but about diversity and inclusion.

When It Comes to Universal Design for Learning, Don’t Wait to Be an Expert
Education Week
Universal design for learning, or UDL, provides a framework for embracing the neurodiversity that exists in all our classrooms. It asks teachers to create flexible learning environments and practices to support a broad range of learners. It might seem like you have to be an expert to start employing UDL ...

VSA Vermont announces new training series for teaching artists in Northeast Kingdom
The series of professional development workshops is designed to provide introductory information on inclusive teaching methods focusing on accessible practices, social and emotional learning, arts integration, and Universal Design for Learning. All workshops will include hands-on arts exploration as ...

Two Entrances; One Community in Arlington
Virginia Connection Newspapers
“I wish we had more aggressively used universal design principles in this building,” said Nancy Van Doren, School Board member. “I wish we had one entrance, like we do at all of the other high schools. I would like to not have to be reminding of this all the time, but have it be our common practice.

January 19, 2018

Putting theory into practice: the case for universal design
The Globe and Mail
Each of these products was built on the concept of universal design and accessibility. Take the electric toothbrush, which has become widespread in homes everywhere. Its initial design was to help patients with limited motor skills and those with braces brush better than they could with a standard brush.

Linear drains offer modern look, simplified accessibility
Building Design + Construction (press release) (blog)
Sleek and streamlined, linear drains, also known as trench drains appeal to designers' and building occupants' desire for minimalism. But for project owners, the benefits lie in versatility: easy installation and increased accessibility to provide all current and future residents with safer, more comfortable ...

Surprise Findings on Laptop Use in Law School Classrooms
Laptop users in Ruth Colker's constitutional law class at Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law earned comparable grades to those who voluntarily eschewed computers in class, according to her article in the Cardozo Law Review, titled “Universal Design: Stop Banning Laptops!”.

January 12, 2018

Design that allows for aging and accessibility
Peoria Journal Star
Universal design has universal appeal for homeowners of all ages. New construction residences that utilize universal design concepts allow people to age-in-place, says Steve Soriano, executive vice president of Robson Resort Communities, based in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Robson Resort Communities ...

January 5, 2018

Universal Design for Learning can create an inclusive environment for students
Education Dive
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be used in classrooms for inclusive instruction of general education and special education students, allowing general education students access to multiple ways of learning and creating a greater sense of belonging for students with special needs, according to ...

Serving Neurodiverse Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education
ALEXANDER KAFKA: One of the phrases that comes up a lot in literature around Landmark is universal design. And I was wondering if you could give us a kind of quick overview of what that means in terms of the curriculum and other aspects of education there. PETER EDEN: I'd love to. Universal ...

5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity
eSchool News
According to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning, “UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone—not a single, one-size-fits-all solution, but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for ...

January 4, 2018

Let’s have buildings that are friendly to all users
Daily Nation
... requiring buildings and products that are designed differently from those produced through the routine design process” offers Mr Munene, adding, “Universal design cares for everyone, including people with disabilities and promotes accessibility on a broader scale than the conventional approaches to ...

Making Spaces Work for Everyone
Healthcare Design
Recently, I've been thinking more deeply about some of the design barriers that exist between my house and me, after attending one of The Center for Health Design's webinars, “Beyond Aging in Place: Opportunities and Innovative Solutions through Universal Design,” presented by Jane Rohde, ...

Accessibility certification fills industry void
REMI Network - Real Estate Management Industry Network
“They don't respond to the idea of being disabled,” he said. “She doesn't think she's disabled. She thinks she's normal and, when you look at the stats, she is.” Universal design principles are grounded in the same philosophy. McCannell cited the Vancouver International Airport, where the Rick Hansen ...

From housing to sidewalks: making Vancouver a more disability-aware city
This can mean, for example, checking the sharpness of a curb to make sure that both a wheelchair can get over the edge and a service dog for a blind person won't miss it. "There are a lot of people who are talking about universal design," said Fetterly. "Really, universal design just means that everybody ...

The Public's Health: Stodden playground will boast all-inclusive design for children of all abilities
Montana Standard
Good universal design is a benefit to adults and children.” Burkhour's article said communities should expect some opposition when building inclusive play areas — some community members might say that the community doesn't have enough people with disabilities to support such an investment.

$55M urban trail vision now officially part of Ann Arbor's master plan
Meet universal design and/or ADA design requirements. Connectivity: Provide frequent points of access to The Treeline. Provide direct connections to existing parks and natural areas, where possible. Link to the core of downtown and other economic, civic, and cultural assets. Provide an alternative to ...

Local grant brings Universal Design closer to the Valley
(WHSV) — A local Harrisonburg couple is working toward bringing Universal Design to the Valley. Universal Design makes plans for homes, communities, and activities inclusive for everyone. It focuses on people with physical disabilities, mental disorders, and aging in general. Universal Design also ...

Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like?
CFJC Today Kamloops
He cited Ireland's Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, an agency established a decade ago to conduct research and help shape accessibility practices in the country and abroad. Prince, who has taken part in numerous government consultations on the Canadian law, said having a comparable ...

Enable Makeathon finalists to develop accessibility solutions for disabled
Outlook India
Team Welava from Delhi have developed a product which aims at making tourism more accessible to the persons with disabilities through a universal design solution by entry ticket redesign. Team Bleetech have developed a low-cost version of an encyclopedia for persons who are hearing impaired.

December 11, 2017

Tuning your Pedagogical Practices: Building a Universal Teaching Environment
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
More forcefully than in any other single class, I realized the importance of universal design for learning (UDL). This curricular design features privilege multiple access points for learning, engagement, and assessment. As Dr. Jennifer Stone puts it, “designing on the front end” with UDL minimizes the ...

Stratford Rotary Complex parking lot dangerous for pedestrians and those in wheelchairs, accessibility committee says
The Beacon Herald
At Tuesday's finance and labour subcommittee meeting, Zein – a former universal design consultant in the Niagara region who has used a wheelchair for much of his life – made a presentation highlighting the aspects of the Rotary Complex property that he and the accessibility committee see as ...

December 4, 2017

Drive to encourage more girls to study Stem subjects to meet skills needs
... arts education, and ways to link the two will also be explored through partnerships to promote creativity, universal design and design thinking skills.

Design Eats the World: Designing for accessibility
“A large part of DO-IT, through the Center for Universal Design in Education is making sure that education services are created with universal design in mind, and allowing individuals who have disabilities to access any and all education content,” Gaby de Jongh, IT accessibility specialist for Accessible ...

November 27, 2017

Ken Hobbs, Joanne Juhnke, Kate Moran, Kelli Simpkins: We see potential, not burden, in our students with disabilities
... are caught in school structures that foster segregation over inclusivity. We would gladly partner with them to support efforts and initiatives that move us closer to a fully inclusive district, such as small class sizes, Universal Design for Learning, adequate staffing and relevant professional development.

We built a robot care assistant for people with dementia – here's how it works
In this way, it follows the principles of universal design, because it is designed to adapt to the needs of the greatest possible number of users, not just ...

Universal Design in Construction: What you need to know, and why it applies to you
WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Universal Design – you may be familiar with it, or perhaps it is a new term to you. Either way, your daily life is affected by its principles. To design is to ...

November 20, 2017

New step imposed to add bite to enforcement
The Star Online
The ultimate objective of universal design standards is for everyone to enjoy the same experience regardless of their physical capabilities or age.

Accessibility and universal design in the digital age
Campaign US
First introduced by architect Ronald L. Mace, the concept of Universal Design focuses on designing all products and environments to be usable to the ...

Universal design improves quality of life for people with disabilities
St. Louis Public Radio
Universal design involves designing buildings, products and services that meet the accessibility needs of everyone. It can help people with disabilities, ...

November 13, 2017

Google’s new plan to create more accessible offices
We're pushing for universal design and making our spaces as accessible as possible for the most amount of people.” About three years ago, Needles ...

Inclusively designed materials make learning easier for everyone
Colorado State University
... and training, as well as consultation and education regarding accessibility and universal design of mainstream and instructional technologies.

November 6, 2017

Health Tech Podcast: ‘The Quadfather’ has a message for techies — accessibility ‘should not be an add-on’
And he has a message for the people making that technology: Universal design and accessibility shouldn't be afterthoughts. On today's show, we ...

Busting Myths About Hiring People with Disabilities
However, we're now seeing newly constructed or remodeled buildings incorporate universal design standards, which ensure the greatest accessibility ...

GH woman receives Ability Award
Grand Haven Tribune
More recently, she has been equipping churches to apply principles of universal design in their congregational worship practices, something Newman ...

Stop spitting gum: 10 tips on how you can make the province more accessible
Universal design is all about space that's usable for everyone, regardless of age and ability. And, crucially, in a province with a steeply aging ...

October 30, 2017

4 Steps to Implement Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom
EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to learning that aims to meet those needs and create a more effective learning environment ...

Inclusive workspace: Husky Energy shows off its universally designed offices
The company availed of universal design — creating an area that's usable by all, regardless of age, size, or ability — for its 100,000 square feet of ...

My dream home is no big deal, but will I ever live in it?
Much has been done in the field of universal design — a building design so it can be used by all, regardless of age, size, or ability. Think about the ...

M Toyota rolls out new model for “JPN Taxi”
Automotive World (press release)
The new model showcases a people-friendly, universal design that provides usability and comfort to a wide range of people through continual ...

October 23, 2017

Accessible fitness dream in motion
University of Cincinnati
Rossetti, an internationally known speaker and advocate for universal design and green building, knows how difficult visits to the gym can be for ...

UB awarded funding to test wheelchair securement systems for public buses
University at Buffalo Reporter
... vehicle industry is — or isn't — considering accessibility and universal design, including mobility-device securement, in current practices

Steve Grams continues to work on accessibility, address other community needs
5 or houses for Traverse Green, the City Council has asked for accessible or universal design options, now not prompted by Grams. “We really have a ...

October 16, 2017

OSU expands gender-inclusive facilities
The Daily Barometer
“Universal design is a concept that was developed for people with disabilities in the built environment—in buildings—and the concept is that we ...

In pursuit of independence, Todd Stabelfeldt urges techies at GeekWire Summit: ‘Make my life real’
When you're building your app or website or digital device, the principal of universal design should be central to that process. That means making sure ...

Joined-up strategy by hotels, tourism and transport chiefs needed to ensure disabled access
The National
Disabled access is improving across the UAE but there are calls for other emirates to implement the Dubai Universal Design Code. Pawan Singh / The ...

October 6, 2017

Daniels Leads Industry in Accessible Housing
Markets Insider
... notable universal design advocate and Founder of the StopGap Foundation, a charitable organization that designs and distributes ramps to stepped ...

Stability balls changing the game at Stanton Elementary School
WTOV Steubenville
"Our district has been working with UDL (Universal Design for Learning), and trying to give kids options and trying to do what's right for them based on ...

September 29, 2017

Boston Ballet School Lays Foundation for Radical Inclusivity
“To my understanding,” says Hui, “there isn't any other dance studio in the U.S. that so clearly – from the onset – was using universal design as a core ...

A Welcoming Classroom
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The trajectory of curb cuts — from specific accommodation to omnipresent design feature — is an oft-told story in the literature of Universal Design ...

Evacuation centers, relief goods not PWD-inclusive
Accessible facilities are a requirement, but the government needs to start investing in designated permanent shelter sites that follow universal design, ...

September 22, 2017

From ADA compliance to universal design: Creating accessible training
HR Dive
The concept of "universal design" is particularly relevant in addressing learning disabilities. “In a lot of ways, designing learning that works for those ...

Planet Abled: Meet the woman making travel accessible for disabled people in India
The Independent
Planet Abled works with the concept of “Universal Design”, the idea of designing and composing an environment so that it can be accessed, ...

Inclusive Design Can Remove Barriers, Prevent Social Isolation
The lift was an example of universal design—a modification made to increase accessibility, also called inclusive design—that failed miserably, she ...

Incorporating Accessibility Into Medical Device Design
Med Device Online (press release)
To truly optimize design, principles of universal design and accessibility should be considered to accommodate a larger range of users. Here are ...

September 15, 2017

Teachers to Explore How to Diversify Student’s Learning Habits with Education on the Edge Lecture
CSUN Today
California State University, Northridge's next Education on the Edge speaker, Katie Novak, will discuss Universal Design for Learning.

Tokyo is upgrading airport toilets with voice guides for the blind and waiting areas for service dogs
“We decided to equip all bathrooms with universal design and renovate the toilets as well,” Naoki Ohata, spokesperson for the Narita Airport. Universal ...

September 8, 2017

DSO: serving the NC State community since 1985
N.C. State University Technician Online
“In the future, we hope to encourage more faculty to utilize Universal Design for Learning principles in the design and delivery of their courses.”.

September 1, 2017

Universal design works for everyone | Coming of Age…Again
Kirkland Reporter
The principle of creating living spaces that work for people of all ages and physical abilities, called “universal design,” addresses such questions.

Right to vote
The Kathmandu Post
An inclusive universal design plan should be adopted when constructing or upgrading infrastructure. Voting is power. Voting is a right. Voting is a ...

August 28, 2017

Ableism in Academia
The Good Men Project
Fortunately, the concept of universal design side-steps this entire issue to begin with. Rather than having special requirements for a minority of the ...

First Mount A Challenge Sept. 16
The nature trail was built in accordance with the principles of universal design and now guides visitors along the grassy mountaintop and into the ...

August 21, 2017

Province assessing WIDC accessibility
Prince George Citizen
"People wouldn't even notice the accessibility of a building in the universal design world," Patrick Harris, Access North Project manager for Spinal ...

Universal Design for Learning: Access for all
James Cox, Peter Connor, Matt Titchener, Li-Shan Tao, Anna Walker and Marla Roll serve on the CSU Web Accessibility Subcommittee, dedicated to ...

August 14, 2017

Access for all?
Prince George Citizen
In a perfect world every building would be retrofitted or built using a universal design concept, which offers all people equal accessibility to all...

Province assessing WIDC accessibility
Prince George Citizen
"People wouldn't even notice the accessibility of a building in the universal design world," Patrick Harris, Access North Project manager for Spinal ...

Universal Design for Learning: Access for all
SOURCE: Colorado State University
James Cox, Peter Connor, Matt Titchener, Li-Shan Tao, Anna Walker and Marla Roll serve on the CSU Web Accessibility Subcommittee, dedicated to ...

Program communicates behavior expectations to students
The Republic
... to teach students expected behaviors, said Tina Greene, Universal Design for Learning coordinator for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.

August 7, 2017

Adaptive Learning, Universal Design, Non-Traditional Students Among Best-in-Strand Topics at Upcoming OLC Accelerate 2017
Markets Insider
NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) anticipates nearly 2,000 online learning ...

International para athlete Suvarna Raj to get NCPEDP’s Mphasis Universal Design Award
Nagpur Today
International para athlete Suvarna Raj to get NCPEDP's Mphasis Universal Design Award The polio-affected athlete, who was denied lower berth seat..

Paralysed rugby player builds new life 'for all'
Under his own company, 360 Degree Homes, Hayward employs universal design, which involves creating products and spaces so that they can be ...

July 31, 2017

It's Good Till It's Not
Inside Higher Ed
I had turned to collaborative learning in order to harness the power of social dynamics and Universal Design for Learning (which focuses on making instruction more inclusive ...

Learning From Their Peers
Star Journal
The 2017 Tech Fest theme focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which is a set of principles SDR has adopted for curriculum development that give all students equal ...

Fulfilling the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Washington's Top News
College leaders use principles of universal design to prevent discrimination against students and employees. Universal design makes things ...

July 24, 2017

Dubai aims to be disabled-friendly by 2020
The new rules are laid out in a detailed 330-word booklet called the Dubai Universal Design Code. Everything from the thickness of handrails (30mm) ...

Brookline children learn, play at Discover the Possibilities
Wicked Local Brookline
... a Boston-based international NGO that is committed to expanding opportunities for people of all ages and abilities through universal design, held an ...

How To Infuse Universal Design Into Any Home
The Chatanoogan
It doesn't matter if you’re young or old, tall or short, healthy or hindered with a disability. Universal design can enhance comfort and convenience, enabling everyone to enjoy the same home ...

July 17, 2017

Lost no more: Research finds that autistic children can learn navigation techniques
Irish created the school on the principle of universal design, an approach that involves using design techniques to make buildings accessible to all, no ...

Yoga with Purpose
Ladue News
Baebler, the founder of UDyoga, specializes in universal design or adaptive yoga, an inclusive practice that recognizes and removes barriers to yoga ...

July 10, 2017

NEW WRINKLES: A dream home for converts to universal design
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
When Nancy Schlossberg moved into her high-rise condo in downtown Sarasota some years back, the first thing she wanted to change was the grab ...

Putting people at the centre of urban design
The Universal Design Tool is part of Auckland Council's Auckland Design Manual website. The tool is a free online resource providing best-practice ...

July 3, 2017

Universal design makes homes accessible and pleasing
Las Vegas Review-Journal
So, in the past decade, “universal design” for those wanting to age in place has become a hot term in interior design circles and even among ...

Ready for the Library?
American Libraries
These practices contribute vitally to the universal design for learning (UDL) framework, in which multiple means of representation, action and ...

Packaging designs with sustainability theme
Deccan Herald
Tactile labels for inclusive garments: This universal design, showcased by students of the city-based National Institute of Design (NID) was clearly ...

June 26, 2017

Championing Accessibility at the Guardian
The Guardian
What is digital accessibility, and how it can be considered part of universal design? How do we inform others of design considerations for a global ...

How Wheelchair Accessibility Ramped Up
The Atlantic
It needed to serve as “a symbol of universal design to the community,” according to Leddy. Universal design, he explains, is a design philosophy that ...

June 19, 2017

Demand for accessible design grows as square footage shrinks
Construction Dive
Value Report found that a bathroom remodel to incorporate universal design — a trend that prioritizes a general increase in accessibility — had a ...

June 5, 2017

Building codes lacking to ensure accessibility: RAIC advocates
Daily Commercial News
Ruptash urged the architects in attendance to look instead to Scandinavia, where universal design — a concept that was called a significant step up ...

Attend the Inclusive Tourism and Community Planning Forum and learn how to become an ...
My Sunshine Coast
“We are very fortunate to have secured Phil Smith, Associate Director, Urban Design at Diecke Richards as the MC to lead the Universal Design and ...

May 29, 2017

FREDERIC FOVET: A reflective lens on learning
The Guardian
There are other ways to tackle diversity in the classroom. The second Pan-Canadian Conference on Universal Design for Learning, held at UPEI from ...

May 22, 2017

Why Hong Kong is so hard to get around if you're in a wheelchair or blind, and what could be done to make city more accessible
South China Morning Post
Applied to architecture, universal design goes beyond the traditional approach of providing features as solutions for wheelchair users or the visually ...

May 15, 2017

BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for less mobile users
Kallang Trivista, a public housing development comprising three blocks of 808 homes, was also awarded the Universal Design award (Gold PLUS), ...

'It gives you a different perspective': Ron Ellsworth says more needs to be done to make St. John's ...
"There's a lot of things we need to be looking at as we're moving forward in doing things, and Universal Design, which the Coalition for Persons with ...

May 8, 2017

Curious Louis: How builders can use universal design to make homes everyone can use
Built in 2004, it's the nation's first building constructed entirely under the universal design concept, which incorporates features that allow people with ...

Seven Top Creatives Discuss Expanding the Idea of Universal Design
SVA Features
It is natural, then, that “universal design” has become a buzzword. The concept has obvious appeal. And design requirements that prioritize ...

Former Microsoft design director on shaping Hololens, Xbox and Cortana with inclusive design thinking
Inclusive design has been equated to universal design in the past. Holmes says the two aren't as similar as you may think. Whereas universal design ...

Derek Lam to host Cerebral Palsy Foundation's Design for Disability Gala
Sunday World
“This event really addresses the notion of universal design, by insisting that these designs can truly be worn by anyone and need to exist first and ...

May 1, 2017

New Universal Design Website Promotes Inclusive Communities
A brand new website has just gone live that aims to teach the general public more about the concept of universal design and how to incorporate ...

April 24, 2017

Glasses, grabbers and shirt buttoners: great design is for life
Irish Times
Things are changing, and the universal design movement, which champions good design that is accessible to everyone, whatever their age, stage, ...

Design for aging in place goes mainstream
MultiBriefs Exclusive
Although requests for universal design and adaptability features did not rank as high in the category of kitchen remodels, they did increase over the ...

Westmeath team devise way of making houses work for different generations
Westmeath Examiner
The team's plan is one of five that have made it to the shortlist for the final round of the Rebuilding Ireland Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design ...

April 17, 2017

Importance of Elevators for Universal Housing
Multiple Sclerosis News Today
For equal access to housing, all housing would have to be accessible, designed to universal design standards. This would benefit everyone, just as ...

April 10, 2017

Teaching Accessibility and Universal Design in Higher Education Curriculum: Benefits, Approaches and Resources
A couple of projects working to increase training and education around accessibility – Teach Access and Promoting the Inclusion of Universal Design ...

April 3, 2017

Tokyo 2020 publish accessibility guide for Paralympic Games
It comes after Tokyo 2020 established their Universal Design 2020 plan, which will see the Government "redouble efforts" to promote an inclusive ...

March 27, 2017

Universal Design Course Offered to All Students This Fall
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2017) — The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute is offering a new undergraduate universal design ...

March 20, 2017

Design That Embraces Everyone, Always
Healthcare Design
The concept of universal design is a promising start: Championed by architects, product designers, engineers, and environmental design researchers, ...

March 13, 2017

A "universal design" for accessibility called for at law amendments committee
The Coast Halifax
A “universal design” for accessibility called for at law amendments committee. Clumping together barriers and denying accessibility was a recurring ...

Polartec calls for inclusive apparel design
TEVO - Textile Evolution
“We hope to partner with apparel brands to take to the market universal design principles and expand access to better functioning garments,” Polartec ...

March 6, 2017

Universal Design NYC to Promote Inclusion, Accessibility And Universal Design
The one day event, to be held on March 09, 2017 at the Center for Architecture in New York City, aims to propagate the popularity of universal design ...

Paradigm shift: How universal thinking can help customers understand aging in place
Construction Dive
Aging will be a major driver behind the push for universal design upgrades in the coming years. In the next two decades, one-third of American ...

Making Dubai's built environment more accessible
Construction Week Online
The Dubai Universal Design Code, which is expected to be implemented in H1 2017, represents a prime example of how the issue of accessibility has ...

February 27, 2017

IPC President praises Japan's adoption of universal design
International Paralympic Committee
Under the terms of the plan approved this week, the government will redouble efforts to promote universal design for an inclusive society that is ...

Universal Design NYC to Promote Inclusion, Accessibility And Universal Design
Satellite PR News
An inaugural event, bringing together leading professionals from the fields of architecture and design, technology, healthcare, education and ...

How can inclusive design create a welcoming workplace?
Real Views
“Also known as 'universal design', inclusive design is intended to include everyone in the design of a workplace,” says Kim Vanderland, SVP Strategic ...

February 20, 2017

More homes need to be universally designed for all stages of life: Experts
Journal of Commerce
"I will speak about universal design, especially the stigma, myths or misunderstanding of universal design," says Tang, who has been with the CMHC ...

Japan to Promote Universal Design for Paralympics
jiji press
19 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will redouble efforts to promote universal design for an inclusive society that is comfortable to everyone ...

February 13, 2017

Jose Blackorby, Expert on Universal Design for Learning, to Speak
Satellite PR News
Jose Blackorby, an expert on universal design for learning, will present “Universal Design for Learning 2017: A Framework Grows Up” on Thursday, ...

February 6, 2017

Universal Principals in Landscape Design Lecture to be Discussed at Union Street Gallery on Feb. 4
eNews Park Forest
Universal design principles are typically applied in the creation of great outdoor spaces and shared by different design professions. We will review ...

Japan: designing a society for all
Creative Review (blog)
... at a very early stage by the late Prince Tomohito to help him establish universal design (or UD) in Japan in the opening years of the 21st century.

Accessibility for the people with physical disabilities
The Daily Star
Moreover, Article 2 of the Convention of the Rights of the People with Disabilities (CPRD) provides the definition of universal design of accessibility ...

Video: Dubai is working to improve accessibility
Construction Week Online
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff's Elie Ghoussoub (left) and Steven Carpenter (right) expect Dubai Universal Design Code to aid the implementation of ...

January 30, 2017

Generation Us: Universal design works for all ages and life stages
The Daily Progress
Evangeline “Van” Cleage made the most of universal design principles to build a house that remains comfortable and easy to manage now that she's ...

How Accessibility-Focused Housing Design Benefits Everyone
The important thing is that the changes make universal design mandatory for new developments even as renderings depict affluent, young residents.

Build more accessible, disabled-friendly toilets
New Straits Times Online
(The Universal Design Planning Guidelines (The Guideline) published on June 15, 2011 is a revised version of the Facilities Of The Disabled ...

January 23, 2017

Listen Technologies Receives International Association for Universal Design Award
Audio Visual News Network
Listen Technologies' ListenIR was recognized for promoting universal design as the product is sustainable and universal and promotes diversity and ...

Engineers participate in training as per Dubai's disabled-friendly cities target
Gulf Today
They were familiarised with Dubai's New Universal Design Code, which aims to ease the accessibility of all persons, including persons with special ...

January 16, 2017

Universal design should leave nobody out, says disabled architect
Jokingly, Mr Kuppusamy said he has since become the “poster boy” for this concept of “universal design”, which is the cornerstone of his work and ...

Mount Clemens close to getting 'universal' recreation
C&G Newspapers
The launch's universal design will make it easy and safe to use for people of all ages and experience levels. CRWC officials report that improvements ...

January 9, 2017

Designed on the Hill | The 'purpose and politics' of Optimism Brewing's bathrooms
CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
The progressive, eco-friendly, and cost-effective use of space in Optimism Brewing Company is proof that integrating universal design and creating a ...

People with disability's human rights curtailed
He said that the use of universal design is intended to ensure access by all people, to the greatest extent possible without the need for adaptation or ...

January 2, 2017

An age-friendly response to Hurricane Matthew
News & Observer
Modular homes can be built according to age-friendly or universal design principles and are far more energy efficient than mobile homes. If permanent ...

December 26, 2016

Answer to our apartment oversupply crisis?
Courier Mail
“It's a risk minimisation approach which accepts universal design and allows these homes to be accessible and serviceable for an ageing population.

Activists suggest creating a reality show about designing oncologic dispensaries in Belarus
This experience has become the impetus for Irina Zhykhar to start thinking about universal design that combines the interests of different people with ...

December 19, 2016

Canadian Museum for Human Rights wins international award for inclusion
... for Human Rights (CMHR) was Friday presented with the prestigious Gold Award from the International Association of Universal Design (IAUD) at a ...

Mitsubishi Electric to Exhibit Universal Design Products at the 6th International Conference for Universal Design in Nagoya 2016
Business Wire (press release)
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today it will exhibit 17 universal-design products that offer ...

Contest for students to think out of box for inclusive spaces and designs
The Indian Express
Universal design as a principle is only just about finding ground in India. EKansh Trust was part of the CONSTRO exhibition in Pune last year and ...

December 12, 2016

The crucial reasons why tech needs to consider disabilities in design
"I think the iPhone is a really awesome example — it's a universal design, to be honest," Tran added. "It's used by everyone, but it can also become ...

Essentials of Digital Accessibility
T.H.E. Journal
Advocates for digital accessibility also encourage users to practice good principles of Universal Design for Learning, a concept that reminds us that ...

Human rights museum wins international award for inclusion
The Winnipeg museum was was given the Gold Award by the International Association of Universal Design at a ceremony in Nagoya, Japan.

Most popular smartphone apps inaccessible to disabled: Study
... clearly upholds equal rights "ensuring that accessibility standards and guidelines and universal design concepts are adopted and adhered to.".

December 5, 2016

Essentials of Digital Accessibility
T.H.E. Journal
Advocates for digital accessibility also encourage users to practice good principles of Universal Design for Learning, a concept that reminds us that ...

A city for all
The Daily Star
Most modern cities are creating Barrier Free environments or Universal Design in order to meet the needs of people of all ages, sizes and abilities ...

November 28, 2016

For millions of disabled Indians, making payments online is tough call
Times of India
... electronic accessibility clearly upholds equal rights "ensuring that accessibility standards and guidelines and universal design concepts are adopted ...

Dubai team studies disability-friendly design
Construction Week Online
... evaluating and rehabilitating standard facilities as per the Universal Design Standards, as well as developing a final form for the design criteria as ...

November 21, 2016

Most popular apps inaccessible to millions of disabled, says study
Times of India
... clearly upholds equal rights "ensuring that accessibility standards and guidelines and universal design concepts are adopted and adhered to."

A review of Universal Design for Learning in Wilton
Which brings me to a concept called “Universal Design for Learning (UDL).” I have mentioned UDL before, and I promise you will be hearing about it ...

November 14, 2016

IoT Called a 'Wonderful Thing' for People With Disabilities
“Clearly universal design should be universal, it should be everywhere,” said John Godfrey, senior vice president of public policy at Samsung ...

November 7, 2016

What Is Universal Design? A Home That Can Accommodate Anyone
Universal design options can be easy fixes (like installing lever-style handles on doors and faucets that are easier to operate) or full-on renovations ...

Universal design style changes recommended to make roads safer for seniors
Australian Ageing Agenda
A new research report is calling for simplified traffic junctions, more pedestrian safety infrastructure and in-car detection technology to improve the ...

Gray Matters: Barriers to caregiving
Eureka Times Standard
Universal design can help us all age in place because many of the challenges of caregiving and barriers to independence can be addressed by ...

Google showcase Israeli innovation helping people with disabilities
Jewish News
... firms – and international firms based in Israel – have been developing assistive technology to “make things possible” through universal design.

October 31, 2016

Institute for Human Centered Design launching two new initiatives
New England Real Estate Journal Online
Other services, available locally and worldwide, include education and training on accessibility and universal design; a wide range of consulting and ...

Destination Control Systems: Accessibility on the Up
Passenger lift destination control systems are already appearing in buildings, but we need to consider universal design and the needs of people with ...

October 24, 2016

WATCH: 3 #TourismForAll activities to check out
Therina Wentzel from The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPDSA) says universal design should be ...

October 17, 2016

Universal Design: Does Your Campus Comply?
EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Kate Sharron, program manager of Cal State Northridge's Universal Design Center, says the center strives “to educate the campus community so they ...

Lee Henson Access Mizzou Awards honor those working to create a more accessible MU
The Maneater
Universal design ensures the accessibility and inclusivity of public spaces. The Mizzou Unity Coalition took the student group award. The disability ...

October 10, 2016

Be inspired at Access All Areas: The Universal Design Symposium 2016
In October at the Viaduct Events Centre the spotlight will be on universal design as some of New Zealand's top creative minds converge at Access All ...

19 hotels recognized for being 'PWD-friendly'
Business Mirror
Other resource speakers representing PWD groups were universal design expert Adela Kono and Dr. Jeana Manalaysay, who both noted the PWDs ...

October 4, 2016

PM touts 'universal design' policy
The Nation
THAILAND is set to transform itself into the Southeast Asian hub of “universal design” tourism, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

Efforts advance to set up universal design centre
Australian Ageing Agenda
A new Australian centre for universal design has been founded to promote the principles of universal design and the benefits of social and economic ...

Universal Accessibility: enhancing and promoting tourism for all in SA
She explained the distinction between universal design, a set of considerations made to ensure that a product, service, and/or environment is usable ...

September 26, 2016

National Council on Disability Commends NHTSA Recommendations on Autonomous Vehicles
Travel Daily News International
We have to understand the theory of Universal Design (...) As the world of travel and tourism is an expanding industry and the number of travelers ...

Promoting universal accessibilities in tourism
Financial Express Bangladesh
... among tourism providers; Universal Design of infrastructure (hotel, transports, roads, airports, parks, museums and food service facilities etc.) ...

September 21, 2016

Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016
Travel Daily News International
We have to understand the theory of Universal Design (...) As the world of travel and tourism is an expanding industry and the number of travelers ...

September 14, 2016

Award-winning fitness designer Ryan Eder infuses technology with inclusivity
Soapbox Cincinnati
Eder, an industrial designer from the Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township, is the ...

Stepping Up Stair Safety: Seven Universal Design Concepts
Stairs are a necessity in buildings; they provide a path from one level to another level under normal conditions and an exit path under emergency ...

September 5, 2016

Inclusive neighbourhoods: project develops toolkit for councils
Australian Ageing Agenda
In many ways, designing for dementia meant designing for seniors and vice versa, he said, as universal design principles supported access for ...

August 29, 2016

Universal Design: The basis of empowerment of people with disabilities
The Indian Express
Globally, there is a concept called Universal Design - a design that is usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of age, ability, ...

Focus On The Future With Universal Design
The Chattanoogan
As part of this “aging in place” movement, universal design allows people with different abilities, shapes and sizes to all enjoy the same house, even ...

Angie's List: Universal Design Contractors Can Do Amazing Things
CBS Local
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A woman's physical limitations were no match for a contractor who specializes in universal design. Her story offers inspiration ...

FabCab says its line of prefab homes will let people age in place, and in style
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
He chaired the Northwest Universal Design Council, and led a team that won an honor award in Portland's Courtyard Housing design competition in ...

'Accessibility is sign of Smart City'
Times of India
The conclave, 'Universal Design and Accessibility' was also attended by city municipal commissioner, Mukesh Kumar and officials of Union ministry of ...

August 22, 2016

Workshop to focus on universal design in Charleston
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Create West Virginia and Partnerships in Assistive Technologies (PATHS) are partnering with the RL Mace Universal Design Institute to host a ...

Universal Design for Learning working at Centerburg
Mount Vernon News
CENTERBURG — With the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, renewed attention has been given to the goal of closing the ...

Australia to adopt European standard to make government IT more accessible
"Universal design principles should be applied to all IT, but currently this is not the case," the report said. "Universal design is not only important for ...

Chennai Innovators win awards for their work on inclusiveness
Times of India
Kannupayan was honoured with this year's NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards which recognizes organisations that design products that are ...

August 15, 2016

Housing industry failing to meet six-year-old targets for universal design
The Australian Financial Review
Universal design? The housing industry is falling short of targets set six years ago to build new homes that were usable by people with disabilities.

How Universal Design can deliver sustainable outcomes
The Fifth Estate
Ahead of the Universal Design Conference in Sydney 30-31 August, Nicholas Loder investigates how Universal Design is in essence sustainable ...

The MIT Lab That's Quietly Pioneering Fashion For Everyone
The concept of "universal design," which posits that designing for the underserved leads to better products for everyone, is a core tenet of Open Style ...

Blind man Uber-ing: One man's quest to get visually impaired a tech job
The Denver Post
Accessible design makes technology easier for everyone to use, said Howard Kramer, who teaches a course on universal design at the University ...

Making chemical language easy
Royal Society of Chemistry
... on teaching and learning. It considers some approaches that can be used, guided by the general approach of universal design for learning (UDL).

August 8, 2016

Gills propose $11 million Grove apartment project
V Three's plan is for "universal design" apartments, which would be new to the Grove. "Universal design" characteristics include apartments without ...

August 1, 2016

Singapore Universal Design Week kicks off
Shanghai Daily
SINGAPORE, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Themed "Universal Design in Public Places" this year, Singapore Universal Design Week kicked off on Wednesday, ...

Paving the way for more inclusive buildings
The Strait Times
Newer buildings have incorporated universal design - designing for the needs of all - but there are still older buildings which are not accessible, ...

Town Council Endorses All-Access Park at Commons
The Moraga Council unanimously endorsed the universal design playground benefitting all children of all abilities that the Rotary has offered to ...

July 26, 2016

Designing a home for all, for the long haul
UB News Center
Universal design seeks to increase usability, health and social participation for a ... He's also an internationally renowned expert on universal design.

It's An Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey
Huffington Post
I was very excited about being accepted to present my Universal Design concepts at the 32nd Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and ...

Tabor Mountain Recreation Society unveils accessible trails at Dougherty Lake
“Some of the elements that we looked at for accessibility, or universal design, is the grade of the slope,” says Harris. “Is it too steep? We wanted to be ...

July 18, 2016

Universal Instructional Design Principles: Usability, Accessibility, Evidence In Moodle vs MOOCs
Are MOOCs really open? We have witness its rise in past years. We have also been witness of the wave of backlash in many of its aspects. Content ...

July 11, 2016

Japanese firms revamping products and signs for clarity
The Japan Times
The Color Universal Design concept aims to offer clarity for all. By rethinking how information is presented, the new designs can also benefit people ...

July 4, 2016

Adapted in TC: Universal access
Traverse City Record Eagle
Universal design reduces stigma and provides benefits for all users. For example, building entrances without stairs equally helps someone moving ...

'Focus on the concept of diversity, not just the numbers,' says Dropbox's Judith Williams
Williams spoke about universal design – the idea that “when we make things, we should make them for everyone”. Turning to the example of Google's ...

UoH gets award for being disabled-friendly
The Hindu
University of Hyderabad has been selected for the seventh NCPEDP- Mphasis Universal Design Awards for carrying out exemplary work towards the ...

June 28, 2016

Universal Design Specialists Now Offering A Fantastic 40% Discount On All EZ Access Handicap ...
PR Newswire
SONOMA, Calif., June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Design Specialists announced a first of its kind agreement with their Southern California ...

'Designers must focus on meeting everyone's needs'
The Nation
That's the advice from Satoshi Nakagawa, product design engineer, CEO of Tripod Design Co Ltd (Japan) and pioneer of Universal Design in Asia.

Honors for school district's practices positive sign
The Republic
Not only has Universal Design for Learning helped the general student population, but it's also benefited special-needs students. Graduation rates ...

Accessibility and accommodations capabilities provide greater equity for underserved student ...
Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a foundation, MAP now supports the most widely used visually assistive software and devices: JAWS ...

June 20, 2016

Open Captions: The Last Frontier in Accessibility
Inclusive design and universal design go beyond accessibility minimum requirements and attempt to provide environments, products and services that ...

June 13, 2016

Capitol Hill Rowhouse Will Allow Its Residents to Age in Place
Builder Magazine
A quirky Washington, D.C., renovation proves that universal design can be warm, inviting, and fun. By Edward Keegan ...

A research project to improve the laws regarding disability
... the axis on which all of the system of the rights of persons with disabilities is carried out: universal design, accessibility and reasonable adjustments.

June 6, 2016

Learn to Create a More Accessible World Through New Universal Design Program at UK
"Universal design (UD) utilizes a broad set of strategies that promote inclusion and participation of all, particularly people with disabilities, within a ...

On Universal Design: How Businesses Can Benefit From Boosting Accessibility
On Thursday, experts in accessibility and universal design came together at the DMZ for a panel discussion on these issues, what's being done, and ...

20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course
I taught the first online learning class at the University of Washington in 1995. My co-instructor was Dr. Norm Coombs, who was, at the time, a professor at ...

May 31, 2016

On Universal Design: How Businesses Can Benefit From Boosting Accessibility
Techvibes (blog)
On Thursday, experts in accessibility and universal design came together at the DMZ for a panel discussion on these issues, what's being done, and ...

What Every Startup Should Know About Design
Co.Design (blog)
Clark Sheffy shares his thoughts on universal design and solutions to the ... In other words, create a clear value proposition—and design the proof of ....

May 24, 2016

Considering a Universal Design for Learning Approach For Students? A New Playbook from ...
Tech & Learning
The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for K-12 education specifically endorses Universal Design for Learning(UDL), a set of principles that ...

What Senior Living Gets Wrong about Sustainable Design
Senior Housing News
... and neural activity, the white paper says. “Improving resident experience is a universal design goal everyone tends to agree on,” Wood tells SHN.

May 16, 2016

Universal design allows use and access across generations
Winston-Salem Journal
“As builders, we're doing something wrong here. The answer isn't to continue to renovate, but to build it with a universal design in the first place.”.

Joplin Habitat Building Universal Design Home
NewsTalk KZRG
Joplin Area Habitat For Humanity, the Independent Living Center and Thrivent Financial are teaming up to build a unique home in Joplin. It's for Travis ...

New App Helps Design a Dementia-Friendly Home
Builder Magazine
Most of these environmental concepts are generally just good design concepts, using elements of universal design to make living environments easier ...

May 10, 2016

Microsoft: Windows 10 upgrades to remain free to "customers who use assistive technologies"
Universal design is central to how we realize our mission and will make all our products better. Along with our Senior Leadership Team, I will continue ...

April 25, 2016

'Universal design' thinking could improve Common Core learning for all students
Education Dive
Christine Fax-Huckaby, a special education academic support teacher in California's Sweetwater Union High School District, writes for eSchoolNews ...

A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future
“When you strive for universal design and make a stop inherently accessible through its design, you can speed up the boarding process for everybody.

P.K. Yonge teacher uses various methods to help students learn
Gainesville Sun
He graduated with his doctorate in 2014 after completing his dissertation on universal design for learning, which he discovered about 10 years ago at ...

ISU industrial design and Courage League Sports team up to create assistive sports devices
Iowa State University News Service
... and assistive devices, gaining an understanding of the differences between assistive, adaptive, barrier free, transgenerational and universal design.

April 18, 2016

Disability-friendly city pilot projects to be launched in Dubai
Khaleej Times
Four pilot projects based on universal design will be launched in Dubai at the end of 2016 to tie in with the city's goal of becoming the most ...

Three factors that make up an inclusive school
In the context of Universal Design for Learning, episteme constitutes the first principle: Provision of multiple means of representation. Since children ...

April 11, 2016

Updates for greatest usability in tight constraints
The San Diego Union-Tribune
According to AARP, “Unlike ADA-compliant institutional-looking bathrooms, the universal design bathroom is visually appealing. It does not look as if it ...

New Melbourne Schools Must Adopt Inclusive Designs
"These designs work with the Universal Design Principles really so they become a facility where all kids of all age and abilities can actually use these ...

Designing with Dignity exhibition open at Kean University
The homes utilize universal design principles to create dignified solutions with an accessible human-centered focus. Designing with Dignity is on view ...

March 31, 2016

Creating Inclusive Environments with DeafSpace Architecture
These principles align very well with the principles of universal design and, like many of the design aspects, they not only benefit the deaf ...

IU Campus lacks accessibility, useability
Indiana Daily Student
While IU has not yet fully committed to constructing future buildings using only principles of universal design, some of the new buildings have ...

March 23, 2016

Brookes Inclusion Lab blog gives educators practical tips and success stories for teaching every learner
PR Newswire (press release)
Adapted from Teaching Everyone by Whitney Rapp and Katrina Arndt and Universal Design for Learning in Action by Whitney Rapp ...

March 17, 2016

U must expand classroom access
Minnesota Daily
According to experts in educational design, the University of Minnesota is behind in shaping classrooms around a model of “Universal Design,” where ...

March 7, 2016

Using Universal Design for Learning to help diverse students
Education Dive
Universally designed lessons (UDL) utilize a diverse array of components, like audiovisual options, illustrations, enlarged print, or glossaries, and the ...

U mulls universal accommodation
Minnesota Daily
Ehlinger said she wants to compare these challenges to a method called Universal Design and ask students if they could benefit from a similar system.

February 29, 2016

The Culture of Inclusion Is a Culture of Kindness
My Jewish Learning
“Universal Design takes into account the full range of human diversity, including physical, perceptual and cognitive abilities, as well as different body ...

New arts workshop to be offered
Laconia Citizen
The workshop will include an examination of the key components of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in relation to arts-based research on learner ...

RELEASE: PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessments Are a Major Step Forward in Accessibility ...
Center For American Progress
A closer look at the new assessments developed by PARCC and Smarter Balanced show the breadth of thoughtful universal design features that have ...

Paralympian's wheelchair push gets boost of her own design
Cayman Compass
“I am working on getting all 30 members of my [varsity racing] team … printed gloves, and I am also working on a universal design that children and ...

February 23, 2016

Universal Design Allows Aging in Place
Iowa Public Radio
Universal design helps make homes function for people with varying levels of mobility. In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with ...

How disability helped change Microsoft's design principles for Cortana and Bing
Using his previous curb experience as a metaphor, de los Reyes prompted the idea of universal design. Something as simple as a curb cut out ...

February 17, 2016

How Polling Station Design Could Influence Elections
Poorly designed polling stations could discourage some people from voting. Time to adopt a universal design standard. Top Photo: Burlingham via ...

SU program that helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities gets $2 million
The Daily Orange
Part of what the Taishoff Center is doing with InclusiveU is taking principles of universal design for instruction, and also principles of inclusive ...

New series aims to make smart living more accessible
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Q: People use terms such as universal design or aging-in-place design. What do they mean? I prefer to call it “smart livable homes design.” The other ...


Mary Free Bed YMCA opens doors
Grand Rapids Business Journal
The new Mary Free Bed YMCA in Cascade Township will be the first YMCA facility in the world to receive a Universal Design certification, which ...

December 9, 2015

Second-grade classrooms at Ixonia Elementary are exploring Universal Design for Learning practices.
Lake Country Now
Other grades and classrooms around the district are incorporating UDL into their work, but there are some things that are unique to 2nd grade at Ixonia ...

Should Business Care about Universal Design?
Universal design needs to cross into mainstream design to service a growing market driven by changing demographics and a socially responsible ...

Seoul Design Week features minority-friendly design expo
Korea Times
The "2015 Universal Design Expo," in which 55 companies participate, is divided into three zones _ a model house with various functions for an ...

Seoul Design Week features minority-friendly design expo
PR Newswire
The goal of the design challenge is to generate universal design elements and build an attractive, adaptable and affordable home of the future that ...

Street smart: Uniform design could pave way for easy travel
Times of India
For long, disabled rights activists have demanded construction of pavements and streets based on universal design. Though the guidelines prepared ...

MBPJ now provides disabled-friendly buses and bus shelters
The Star Online
She said bus shelters as well as buses must be accessible and comply with universal design. “The disabled will not be able to use buses if bus ...

December 2, 2015

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey
Huffington Post
For me, the experience that fits the bill completely occurred during the 2015 Universal Design Symposium held at North Carolina State University, ...

John Killeen: What Euclid might say about urban design
News & Observer
Writing this is really a set-up for the concept of universal design, which you can learn a lot more about at http://nando.com/2wz. But I will add that if we ...

How to choose a ceiling hoist system
Architecture and Design
This has seen a shift in the industry towards universal design – a concept based on allowing everyone, to the greatest extent possible and regardless ...

November 24, 2015

OB: Joan Seirlis fought for accessibility for everyone
Highway Mail (blog)
JOAN Seirlis, a well-known South African architect and tireless advocate for universal design (which produces accessibility to everyone), passed away ...

November 17, 2015

$3.5 million apartment renovation project coming to a close in Lynchburg
Lynchburg News and Advance
Each apartment meets universal design, which allows for easier navigation around the unit, she said, while five apartments have accessibility features ...

November 9, 2015

A universal approach to accessibility on McGill campus
McGill Tribune
McGill is seeking to incorporate universal design—an approach towards the establishment of an environment that adapts to everyone's needs—to the ...

Building an accessible AU
The Eagle
Ramps, curb cuts and larger bathrooms were early signs of AU's application of universal design. Universal design allows people of all abilities to have ...

Colleen Kelly Starkloff Honored With Disability Awareness Award from the Missouri Commission ...
“The Starkloff Disability Institute, through its programs and Universal Design Summit, is educating the public on how to help people with disabilities ...

November 3, 2015

Buying a home for today...and tomorrow
Tucson Local Media
Universal Design: Originially aimed at creating easily accessible spaces for individuals with physical disabilities, Universal Design has evolved to ...

October 27, 2015

Universal Design Center in Istanbul to make clothing for the disabled
Daily Sabah
"Actually, 'universal design' means 'design for everyone.' According to this view people who are affected by obstacles are not only limited to those who ...

CSU faculty support more inclusive learning environments
Colorado State News
Universal design for learning is a set of principles that help instructors create inclusive learning environments accessible to students with disabilities ...

School Specialty to Display Furniture & Equipment for 21st Century Learning at EDSpaces 2015 Conference
GlobeNewswire (press release)
Understanding Sensory Processing as Part of Universal Design for ... Cruse noted, "Universal Design for Learning reduces barriers in instruction, ...

National Transport Summit hosted at TUT looks at access to transport for people with disabilities
Mail & Guardian Online
Amanda Gibberd, Director of Universal Design in Public Transport at the National Department of Transport, lauded TUT for a job well done, saying: ...

October 20, 2015

Universal design for the less-able
Architecture and Design
The term “universal design” has made its way into the industry recently, but what does it really mean and how will it impact on design? Universal ...

Event discussing the concept of Universal Design Homes to take place on Monday
Galway Advertiser
An event will take place in the Town Hall on Monday October 19 to explain the concept, and discuss the benefit of Universal Design Homes. Members ...

UB IDeA Center receives $4.6 million federal grant
UB News Center
Universal design strives to improve usability, health and social participation, while accommodating the diversity of abilities and needs in the population ...

Panel to discuss higher education
Iowa State Daily
The first part of a panel on "An Overview of Universal Design for Learning in Higher Ed," with Sheryl Burgstahler, Maureen De Armond and Steven ...

Guide opens door to sports accessibility
PS News
He said applicants for funding through the $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund would be required to address Universal Design criteria.

October 13, 2015

Why Don't Tech Companies Care More About Customers With Disabilities?
Slate Magazine
But universal design and accessibility are hardly new ideas. That's the frustrating thing for people like Sandy Plotin, managing director of the Center for ...

MCAD rethinks accessibility and design through exhibit
Miami Herald
Downey teaches a class on accessibility and universal design at University of California, Berkeley. He said bringing old buildings up to current ADA ...

5 Radical Ways Designers Can Help People Age in Place
Reverse Mortgage Daily
One of the key ingredients to a senior-friendly city is achieving a connection between accessibility and livability, or universal design, according to Jack ...

A sword that still hangs
Deccan Herald
... India Campaign, she shares, “The mandate is to have universal design in terms of infrastructure of public buildings, public transport and information ...

October 7, 2015

Columbus home honored
Columbus Dispatch
The Universal Design Living Laboratory, a home built to demonstrate "universal" design, has been awarded LEED status by the U.S. Green Building ...

Soon, star ratings for products on user-friendliness
Times of India
What makes the initiative path-breaking is that 'universal design' is integral to the 'developed world' but is still to find resonance in India. 'Universal ...

Waters' Edge proposes 800 homes for older residents
The Coloradoan
The project, north of Fort Collins Country Club and Richards Lake Road, incorporates universal design with living space all on one level, miles of trails, ...

How To Make Fashion More Accessible For Wheelchair Users And The Disabled
Universal Design is a subject that's discussed in product design and architecture, but very rarely in fashion. Can you tell me a bit about why you think ...

October 1, 2015

Updated Second Edition of Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice
DO-IT is excited to announce the second edition of Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice, edited by DO-IT Director Sheryl Burgstahler.

September 29, 2015

Making Ipswich more accessible
Wicked Local Ipswich
Since the meeting, Crosbie has asked town officials to study the problem and make corrections, including incorporating universal design accessibility ...

Design Direction: Realistic views, planning lead to success
A: Turning a small church into a home for a woman who was interested in universal design, aka gracefully aging-in-place. It turned out beautifully.

Couple 'Happy on Wheels' in Rehoboth Beach
Cape Gazette
"It's important to think about universal design," Sheri said. "It's good for business, it's good socially, and it's not hard to do. It's something that makes ...

September 23, 2015

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Aims to Make the Mary Free Bed YMCA the First Building in the ...
The goal of the partnership is to work towards receiving the first Global Universal Design Certification from the Global Universal Design Commission ...

City Planners Must Practice Everyone
Next City
This everyday disability should inform our choices in urban planning and universal design. To some extent, that is happening under the auspices of ...

Consultants Present Results Of Farmington Center Study
Hartford Courant
Ruth Grobe, chairwoman of the human relations commission, spoke at the meeting, asking town officials to consider a "universal design" when ...

September 14, 2015

Diversity by Design: Inspiration from my Morning Walk
Jerusalem Post Israel News
In fact, it is the central concept behind Universal Design – a school of thought that promotes consideration of the full range of human diversity, ...

Top home design trends key to a good home
Tucson Local Media
Universal Design: As the population ages, home features are becoming more accommodating of individuals with differing height and mobility needs ...

September 8, 2015

Universal Design for Learning and the Arts
Harvard Educational Review
Neuropsychologists have found that right-brain people have different skills and preferences than those who are left-brain. Universal Design for ...

Architecture students explore design solutions during Accessibility Awareness Day
ND Newswire
Architecture students explore design solutions during Accessibility Awareness ... on accessibility and building codes, and the idea of universal design.

August 31, 2015

New and emerging trends in seniors housing
REMI Network - Real Estate Management Industry Network
Developing projects around the principles of universal design is also becoming more commonplace. Universal design, sometimes known as ...

Rhapsody of a man with polio — a life unbound by physical constraints
China Post
The question was raised by Tang Feng-chen (唐峰正), Foundation of Universal Design Education (FUDE, 自由由空間教育基金會) chairman, when he ...

Why Universal Design is Vital
Steinfeld is seen as a leader in the area and his work has made a considerable contribution to the evolution of universal design (UD) in recent years...

Please Touch Museum and Imagination Playground Partner for World Meeting of Families
PR Web (press release)
The WMOF Youth Congress has a universal design and is accessible to all young people ages 6-17, who are registered and attending with their family ...

Why Universal Design is Not Just 'Access'
The term is largely attributed to the late Ronald L. Mace, former program director of The Centre for Universal Design and is said to have been coined ...

August 24, 2015

Outdoor Notebook: Removing obstacles
Elmira Star-Gazette (blog)
Birdseye Hollow State Forest and County Park in Bradford, Steuben County is now accessible to more people after opening of a new universal design ...

Demand For Universal Design House Plans Is On The Increase
Digital Journal
Recent studies into the construction industry have shown that the demand for universal design house plans is on the rise. As the population ages, ...

August 17, 2015

Custom builders offer homes with luxury upgrades, unique architectural touches
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
As the country grows older and many baby boomers look to retirement, Universal Design features are an ever-growing priority for many custom buyers ...

August 10, 2015

How tech-driven learning can benefit students with disabilities
Education Dive
One model of that has been the development of a so-called “universal design for learning,” a framework for classrooms that support all students' ...

How makerspaces can be accessible to people with disabilities
UW Today
The UW's AccessEngineering program helps train faculty from across the country in universal design, which means designing spaces, curriculum or ...

August 3, 2015

New Ann Arbor Amtrak station platform another step toward universal design
But what is easily lost in the celebration is that this new improvement, while a welcome addition, is only one more move toward universal design that ...

People With Disabilities Still an Afterthought in Tech Design
Voice of America (blog)
There's this concept called Universal Design, which says that you should be designing a system to support a wide range of users, including people ...

July 27, 2015

Westport's Elaine Ostroff is a champion of universal design
Wicked Local Westport
Westport's Elaine Ostroff is a champion of universal design ... Good design principles are used by professional home and commercial builders, product ...

New building design guidelines for disabled and elderly
Channel News Asia
One of the measures is the launch of a set of enhanced Universal Design Mark criteria, which set higher certification benchmarks and provides an ...

July 20, 2015

Millennium Park sets accessibility standards, ADA says
Jack Catlin considers Millennium Park one of Chicago's crown jewels. Not only because of its beauty and splendor, but because of its universal design ...

New playground dedicated in Youngstown
According to the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, “Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be ...

July 7, 2015

Is the universal design concept due for another makeover?
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
I tuned in the other day to a live chat on Twitter about universal design, hosted by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence. Like a lot of ...

Technology helps level playing field for special ed students
The Sun Chronicle
Janssen, the assistive technology coordinator for Attleboro schools, said universal design is a concept that recognizes the wide range of human ability, ...

July 7, 2015

Universal Design: Building a Foundation for People With Disabilities
State College News
The story went viral. A couple, including their son who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress related to his military service, attempted to check ...

Francine McClendon: 'Visit-ability' movement's motto: Access for all
Grand Forks Herald
GRAND FORKS—Visit-ability, also called inclusive home design, universal design or "age in place" design, means providing basic accessibility in ...

June 29, 2015

Five ways to implement universal design in your home
The Tennessean
Families looking to customize their homes to suit their lifestyles both now and in the future can easily implement universal design techniques.

June 23, 2015

Scotch Plains design firm keeps elderly Aging in Place
In a news release, the partners said they are proponents of the emerging “universal design” philosophy. They said they operate under the premise that ...

June 17, 2015

Universal design is gaining traction
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The co-owners and friends remodeled the unit using universal design principles, even though they have no current disabilities. Staff photo / Harold ...

Universal design is gaining traction
Business Wire
Jodi Olshevski, gerontologist and executive director of The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence, discusses the benefits universal design and ...

Making PJ people-centric
The Star Online
THE “Universal Design and Accessibility In The Built Environment Towards A People Centred Petaling Jaya” workshop, which drew some 300 ...

How accessibility features can serve all homeowners
What has come to be called "Universal Design" is a set of standards for making every house a welcoming home for inhabitants of all ability levels.

June 11, 2015

A Case for Accessible, Usable and Universal Design for Learning
Inside Higher Ed
Universal design is not a substitute or synonym for ADA standards or ideas of barrier-free design. Rather, it is a broader concept for the design of ...

IT Carlow graduate wins top three awards at Universal Design Grand Challenge
A product design graduate of Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow, Jack Gregan, has won the top three awards at the Universal Design Grand Challenge ...

Universal Design Specialists Announces US Made Designer Handicap Showers From Best Bath Systems
EIN News
Universal Design Specialists announced that the very latest US Made Designer Handicap Showers from Best Bath Systems are now available for ...

Farmington teacher nets Oakland Schools' first 'UDL' award
It's all part of Universal Design for Learning which their teacher, Whitney Tyner, is dedicated to incorporating into her classroom, and helping her ...

ARL launches blog on web accessibility in research libraries
Research Information
Ed Van Gemert, chair of the ARL Accessibility and Universal Design Working Group and vice provost for libraries and university librarian at University ...

June 5, 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, ...

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 organized 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...

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 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

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 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 ...