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.

September 25, 2023

Rethinking education
The News International
For instance, the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, originally formulated by Ronald L Mace at North Carolina State University, offers ...

Advocates say it's time Sonoma County's special education students no longer excluded ...
The Press Democrat
.... universal design. With a recent roll out of an early education grant geared toward preschools, younger learners now have more access to inclusion ...

September 18, 2023

Designing for Accessibility is a Social Responsibility
Canadian Architect
Lifchez published two books about universal design based on what he learned though his teaching, Design for Independent Living: The Environment and ...

Teachers Want More Tech Support for Students With IEPs and 504 Plans
Education Week
... Universal Design for Learning framework, a teaching approach that works to accommodate the needs and abilities of all learners. Educators need ...

September 11, 2023

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Raymond Lifchez (1932–2023), pioneer of universal design
UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Sustainability and Universal Design are branches of the same tree.” This principle encapsulates Harsh's holistic perspective on design. “It's a social ...

OCDE partners on national initiative for inclusive education
OCDE Newsroom
The Delaware Department of Education emphasizes a whole-child Multi-Tiered System of Support with embedded Universal Design for Learning and evidence- ...

September 4, 2023

Lego releases braille bricks – here’s how five other brands could make their toys more accessible
The Conversation
A universal design (design that supports accessibility for all) approach, where accessibility is built in as standard, rather than added on, ...

To preserve public parks, use them
Deccan Herald
Several parks in the city lack wheelchair access and disability-friendly toilets. Adopting universal design principles in park development is vital ...

August 28, 2023

Universal design and access: Giving equal rights to people with disabilities
The Citizen
Universal access means that all people can access products and services, without the need for adaptation or specialised design; universal design is ...

I use a wheelchair and I want more bike lanes
The Spinoff
... code that requires accessible universal design features like lifts, ... and structural barriers like the lack of inclusive infrastructure.

August 21, 2023

'Middle School Superpowers' book helps parents negotiate the often-tough middle school years
Universal design is a framework that calls for the creation of products that benefit the widest possible range of people in the widest range of ...

Artificial intelligence can be used to design engaging and interactive public art
The Conversation
Urban spaces should incorporate universal design principles to support the development of accessible and inclusive public spaces.

August 14, 2023

Designing with Equity in Mind
Populous Senior Principal Belinda Goh said the intersection of universal design principles and designing for equity were used to deliver the ...

Bridging the Gap: Overcoming Barriers in Higher Ed for Students with Disabilities including ...
Faculty Focus
A universal design focuses on creating inclusive products and environments for ... By designing active learning experiences, students' engagement, ...

August 7, 2023

House Hunting In Hawaii Is Hard. Try Finding One That Fits A Wheelchair
Honolulu Civil Beat
Developers should adopt universal design as the need for accessible homes is expected to increase with an aging population.

Orange County prioritizes inclusivity for future parks
Department officials said universal design includes equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance ...

July 31, 2023

The Future of Design Is Designing for Disability
The Nation
In recent years, there has been a shift toward universal design, which posits that all spaces should be designed to be as useful as possible to ...

Universal Design: Creating Homes for All Ages and Abilities
Fine Magazine
Universal design goes beyond aesthetics, focusing on functionality and comfort to accommodate the diverse needs of homeowners. This article aims to ...

July 24, 2023

LETTER: Universal Design is necessary when building affordable housing
York Region
Just as sewer systems made outhouses obsolete, Universal Design can eliminate inaccessible housing by making new homes more livable. Adopting ...

The Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
State Department
Systems and structures made inclusive and accessible or built by universal design benefit everyone. On this ADA anniversary we also again pay our ...

July 17, 2023

This Mid-Century Modern Home Welcomes Accessibility...
Southern Living
At first, we thought about working with an architect certified in universal design to build a house. According to The Universal Design Project, the term refers...

CSP delegates advocate for disabled young people...
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
There is great potential for innovations in universal design and environmental additions that would benefit not just young disabled workers but many others...

July 10, 2023

Universal Design bill for more accessible homes moves forward in Prince George’s County
DC News Now
Smith is advocating for the Universal design bill to be passed to improve accessibility for everyone. Council member Jolene Ivey is the bill ...

How to Make Documents More Accessible With Color Contrast
Universal design encompasses many solutions and accommodations, and this article aims to focus on one of them: color contrast, which specifically ...

July 3, 2023

How Universal Design for Learning helps students merge onto the “learning expressway”
By using Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework developed by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), teachers can create ...

The offspring of aging in place, universal design is the latest approach to home remodeling
The Bucks County Herald
Chris Egner said universal design is a concept aimed at making homes accessible to everyone. Egner is president of the National Association of the ...

June 26, 2023

Inside The University Of North Dakota’s Efforts To Make Disability Awareness And Accessible Design Commonplace On Campus
The primary focus of this endeavor revolves around Universal Design for Learning guidelines, as well as the university's accessibility solution ...

The future is disabled
MIT Technology Review
We need to take steps toward a more inclusive future—one that we all can ... and flexibility of use are basic principles of universal design.

June 19, 2023

What we can learn from the effort to implement Biden's executive orders on advancing equity
Brookings Institution
Universal design is an approach, born in the design of products and the physical environment, that emphasizes accessibility to all.

Making Workspaces Inclusive Through Design
'Inclusive design makes spaces and places healthier, safer and more convenient for everyone,' she begins, during a conversation with John Scott, a ...

June 12, 2023

How to use UDL-inspired technology to reengage students
eSchool News
UDL principles guide teachers in how to customize instruction to meet the individual needs and preferences. Universal Design for Learning ...

Apple store at Battersea Power Station prioritises sustainability and 'universal design'
The usual Apple retail design tropes and systems are present and ... Bergeron-Mirsky says the application of universal design principles has meant ...

June 5 , 2023

From strollers to wheelchairs, can Oakland build housing that’s accessible to all?
The Oaklandside
The city has set a goal of adopting a “universal design” ordinance to build apartments and houses that work for a wider range of residents.

Accessibility in teaching
University of Waterloo
Good teaching should be inclusive,” says Faculty of Mathematics teaching fellow ... Universal design sets diverse learners on the path to success.

May 29, 2023

Why Effective IT Leadership Must Have Inclusive Technology Systems
EdTech Magazine
CAST, the nonprofit educational research and development organization that created the Universal Design for Learning framework, launched the ...

A different way of thinking
Symmetry Magazine
Caudel advocates for professors to seek more understanding of neurodivergent students and to embrace an educational framework called universal design ...

May 22, 2023

Designing spaces that promote enrollment
Building Design + Construction
Maria Sanchez, Interior Designer at Gresham Smith, shares how universal design bolsters empathy and equity in healthcare facilities.

Kerry ETB launches universal design for learning
Radio Kerry
Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB) has launched a universal design for learning.It's Ireland's first cross-sectoral collaboration between ...

May 15, 2023

How to hire for neurodiversity—and make workplaces better for everyone
Quartz sat down with Anandan for an episode of Reworking Work to discuss the aim of creating a workplace that applies universal design principles ...

The Power of AI and Future of Education is Now: How Teachers and the Taught Can Create ...
Faculty Focus
By combining this knowledge of learning styles and applying the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in teaching, educators can provide ...

May 8, 2023

ADA Compliance Slowly Makes Headway
Universal design focuses on making buildings and other spaces accessible and usable to as many demographics as possible and centers dignity for ...

How Healthcare Facility Design Can Improve Nurse Productivity
Healthcare Design Magazine
The use of universal design and having rooms that are adaptable depending on the level of a patient's acuity are also nurse-friendly design ...

May 1, 2023

Pictograms with universal design for equity and inclusion
Do you want to create a society through design where people with and without disabilities can live together as they are?

How ableism is working against students with disabilities
University World News
Universal design, removing barriers: Moving beyond individualised accommodations, universal design refers to an environment and products that can ...

April 24, 2023

How Students Use AI to Design Solutions for Their Community
One group of students used AI in education, which helps children get personalized learning experiences such as through a Universal Design for ...

4 ways all online university courses could promote student mental health
The Conversation
My study findings suggest online learning spaces ought to be inclusive and ... 1) Use elements of universal design for learning to provide ...

April 17, 2023

Augmental Launches the MouthPad^: A Tongue-Controlled Interface that Lets People ...
Yahoo Finance
"Universal design has the power to greatly expand digital access for everyone, not just those lacking mobility. In exploring hands-busy scenarios and ...

Universal Design Seeks to Address Core Accessibility Issues at Universities
The Daily Utah Chronicle
The college has around 1,000 students and a 10-to-1 student to faculty ratio. Universal design is a part of the main pillars of their strategic plan ...

April 10, 2023

SF State starts construction for first-year residence hall to provide more affordable student housing
SF State News
The residence hall will support all aspects of universal design to ensure equity and access to all students. It will be developed using a “pod” ...

Starting with Philosophy: Examining Teaching Philosophy as a Starting Point for Improvement
Faculty Focus
I also believe in using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for designing instruction that meets the diverse needs of all students.

April 3, 2023

How Sara Hendren inspires a ‘joyful approach’ to accessible design
Rapid Growth Media
The interactive workshop focused on thinking beyond universal design, which is about making places as barrier-free as possible.

Single-Staircase Buildings: A Design Solution to a Political Problem?
Although a “good idea,” for Wagner, it is simply a design change that “fixes an ... Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning ...

March 27, 2023

Who, What, Why: Sarah Kane finds ways to represent data as sound
Penn Today
Having multiple sensory inputs for interpreting information also makes it more understandable, Kane says, and in the context of universal design, ...

Universal design for learning helps all students connect with course materials to become ...
Nevada Today
In simple terms, UDL is Universal Design for Learning. Universal Design is a broader concept that applies to buildings and structures, too. It may be ...

March 20, 2023

Queens College debuts virtual neurodiversity hub
Inside Higher Ed
... inclusivity and Universal Design for Learning last year. ... offers tips and prompts on designing courses for inclusivity and accessibility, ...

Pay isn't the only reason for the teacher shortage--it's time to rethink the classroom
eSchool News
Nicole Tucker-Smith is founder and CEO of Lessoncast, global expert in Universal Design for Learning, and author of Supercharge Your Professional ...

March 13, 2023

The Oscars Are Expanding Accessibility To The Red Carpet This Year
Yahoo News
Architect Ronald Mace coined the term universal design to describe an all-inclusive philosophy of barrier-free design.

Kāinga Ora admits accessibility policy is 'confusing'
Covid is being blamed for Kāinga Ora's failure to meet the targets for full universal design build homes as set out in its Accessibility Policy.

March 6, 2023

In an AI World, Let Disability Access Lead the Way
Inside Higher Ed
Many campuses are at least inclined toward universal design, where the goal is to provide an environment, programs, structures and policies in ...

At RISD, Examining the Past to Celebrate Design for All Bodies
Architect Magazine
By examining universal design through Modernism's historical context, a class at the Rhode Island School of Design is furthering "our collective ...

February 27, 2023

A universal design approach to teaching multilingual students
Times Higher Education
An explanation of how universal design for learning can improve teaching for multilingual international students and domestic students alike.

A Growing Trend - Bathroom Wet Rooms
These are consistent with Universal Design concepts. “Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, ...

February 20, 2023

Writing Skills for Instructional Design—Widely Used, Under-Acknowledged
Instructional designers are integrating principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, ...

Universal Design for Learning needed in schools
Eastern Mirror
... Asano Sekhose, Chairman of Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) underscored the need for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in schools.

February 13, 2023

Inclusive Design Is a Journey Worth Starting
Inclusive design considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, and other forms of human ...

Accessibly In The Beauty Industry Might Finally Be Catching On – But Brands Still Have A Lot To Do
The Zoe Report
What I learned when I got to developing Guide Beauty was the process of inclusive and universal design. The beautiful thing about universal ...

February 6, 2023

Universal Design Tips for Easy, Long-Term Living at Home
The fix here, as you might have guessed, is called universal design. This is a plan that makes a home accessible and safe for anyone who lives ...

Are block teaching and universal design for learning compatible? - Times Higher Education
Times Higher Education
On the face of it, comparing the block teaching planning format with the UDL framework might seem like weighing apples against oranges.

Microsoft - An intro to Inclusive Design - YouTube
This video is part of a series that works hand-in-hand with Inclusive: A Microsoft Design Toolkit. The intent is to support designers and ...

January 30, 2023

Three years of pandemic learning response: reaching learners across the world with life ...
World Health Organization (WHO)
... in line with the universal design for learning framework. Materials are also increasingly optimized for a world in which many rely on mobile ...

Marc Harrison's House for Any Body
The New York Times
It was also a showcase for what is now known as universal design — a place where people of all ages and abilities could be comfortable.
Autonomous vehicles must be inclusive
Car Design News
... autonomous shuttle – it became clear that unlike many concepts of this nature, it actually lives up to the promise of universal accessibility.

January 23, 2023

Maximizing access for everyone: A closer look at universal design
Building Design + Construction
At its core, universal design focuses on designing a space to make everybody feel welcome, regardless of their age, size, or ability level.
Quieter classrooms: How classroom design promotes effective learning
eSchool News
Understanding the need to balance these components, we always approach education design by drafting inclusive spaces with adaptable features.

Digital Promise and CAST Announce New Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Product Certification
PR Newswire
WASHINGTON · "Inclusive design for learning is essential to meet the unique strengths and needs of learners," said ...

January 16, 2023

Five Ways to Improve Your Home's Accessibility - The Provincetown Independent
The Provincetown Independent
Ramps and other elements of universal design can be beautiful. By Abraham Storer Jan 11, 2023. Ed McPartland is a retired carpenter living in ...

How Can Landscape Architects Be Better Activists? - The Dirt (ASLA)
The Dirt (ASLA) - American Society of Landscape Architects
Landscapes that are often labeled free, inclusive, and accessible often ... In Rwanda, MASS Design Group has been planning and designing

January 9, 2023

Sony just unveiled a customizable PlayStation 5 controller to make gaming more accessible
Fast Company
Inclusive design is about more than being considerate of the fact that users have varying abilities and needs: It's also just good business sense.

New Uses and Contemporary Guidelines for Public Spaces
Urban public spaces can transform the life of neighborhoods and cities and, therefore, need to be open to the social, cultural and technological changes that occur in society.

January 2, 2023

What is Universal Design?
Universal Design is a concept that proposes the creation of spaces with democratic use, guaranteeing egalitarian conditions in terms of quality of ...

Creative, Luxurious Design for the Disabled Shouldn't Stop at the Front Door
Home Furnishings Business
From open floor concepts to roll-in showers, luxury home design can be inclusive with just a bit of forethought, say designers Alexa Vaughn, ...

2023 Could Be a Breakthrough Year for Buses
... and helping cities invest in the design and construction of new BRT systems, ... Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning ...

December 26, 2022

In 2023, Brands Need To Grasp The Full Diversity Of Web Accessibility Needs
Universal design. This really gets to the heart of the matter because the fact is that designing for the disability community is never one-size-fits- ...

Yes, Luxury Home Design Can Also Be Accessible for People With Disabilities
House Beautiful
From open floor concepts to roll-in showers and indoor elevators, luxury home design can be inclusive with just a bit of forethought, ...

December 19, 2022

Inside Microsoft's quest to be the leader of inclusive design
Fast Company
Inclusive design is the process of fashioning products and platforms alongside people with disabilities. It's a technique that feeds into the ...

Insights on disability help designers design for all
Because of my personal background as a person with disabilities, universal design and accessibility are always front-of-mind when designing"...

7 Principles to Attract and Retain Older Frontline Workers
Harvard Business Review
Our findings point to seven principles for engaging older employees in essential roles. The seven also amount to universal design principles — they ...

December 12, 2022

Teaching Resources | Teaching Excellence - University of Nevada, Reno
University of Nevada, Reno
Inclusive instruction; Universal Design for Learning (UDL); Open Educational Resources (OERs) and open pedagogy; Supportive learning environments ...

December 5, 2022

Imagination has no limits: Design toys for children of all abilities
The Seattle Times
Rather, universal design opens the market to all potential users of different ages and abilities. Every child should have access to the worlds of play ...

A step in inclusive education: the innovative diploma course for people with disabilities
On the other hand, it is thought from the universal design of learning, that is, a training that encompasses and aims so that people, ...

Technology and aging: the jigsaw puzzle of design, development and distribution
Universal design refers to designing products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptation or ...

November 28, 2022

Technology and aging: the jigsaw puzzle of design, development and distribution
Universal design refers to designing products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptation or ...

Muscular Dystrophy Association Partners with Technology Driven Companies for Disability ...
PR Newswire
... focused on universal design for accommodations in the workplace. ... around disability and drive outcomes that are inclusive by design.

Inclusion for All: How to Support All Learners through Universal Design for Learning (UDL ...
EIN News
How to be better prepared to design lessons and instruction that impact learners from preschool to adulthood in ways that are innovative, inclusive, ...

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, ...

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

AGM/Ascension Awards $5,000 to CAPLA Architecture Students in Inaugural Universal Design Prize
University of Arizona CAPLA
Cervantas’s studio project Emerge—which was awarded the AGM Universal Design Honor Award and $2,000 from her semester-long work in Design Studio III: Integrating Place...

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 Canberra times
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 renow