Universal Design

Universal standards to make playgrounds inclusive

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, November 9 2017

Father in a wheelchair playing with his child in a playground

AUSTRALIA: Playgrounds in New South Wales will soon need to meet new design standards that cater for people of all abilities. The NSW Government is developing a set of playground and park design guidelines for councils and developers to provide facilities for kids with disability, their parents, the elderly and… Continue Reading »

Curtin’s new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2017-2020

Americas, Universal Design, October 18 2017

Curtin student at the Counselling and Disability Services building, on the Bentley Campus. Photo: Curtin University

Curtin has a new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) with a focus on Universal Design and a vision to create an accessible and inclusive environment for everyone in our diverse community. Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Designed Program creates inclusive living spaces for persons with disabilities

Americas, Universal Design, October 16 2017

Rosemarie Rossetti shows off her new kitchen, which includes three staggered levels of countertops, a lower microwave and oven, and a roll-up stovetop. Her new home is called the Universal Design Living Laboratory. (Photo credit: Courtney Hergesheimer, Columbus Dispatch)

TORONTO: The Daniels Corporation announced a new program offering condominium suites designed specifically for purchasers who use mobility devices. Called ‘Accessibility Designed Program’ (ADP), suites within this innovative program will exceed Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements by including features such as roll-out/low-threshold balconies with a swing door and large roll-in… Continue Reading »

Tokyo 2020: Accessible Toilets For All

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, October 2 2017

Accessible Toilet

Three years from now, Tokyo will see an influx of visitors for the 2020 Summer Olympics. In preparation for an expected 40 million guests, the Japanese government has launched a national toilet improvement campaign. Tokyo’s Narita airport is the first to be renovated for the Olympics with it’s “total toilet… Continue Reading »

Thailand launches nine new routes to promote universal accessibility

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, September 28 2017

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BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching new pilot routes in nine popular provinces to promote universal accessibility and ‘Tourism for All‘ concepts aimed at encouraging universal design catering to travellers with disabilities at facilities and tourism attractions across Thailand. The initiative is a direct result of last year’s highly… Continue Reading »

Disability rights campaigners aim for accessible toilets across Dubai

Middle East, Universal Design, July 24 2017

accessible toilet

DUBAI: Disability rights campaigners have backed plans to improve access to private health centres in Dubai within six months. While most hospitals have adequate provisions for patients with disabilities when it comes to entry ramps, accessing bathrooms can be a problem, according to Shobhika Kalra, of public campaign group Wings… Continue Reading »

DMU Annual Conference 2017 – Universal Design for Inclusion

Europe, Universal Design, June 1 2017

Universal Design for Learning

UK: The experience of students with disabilities following substantial changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowances system will be the primary focus of this year’s De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Annual Conference 2017. This important subject matter will build on other significant topics discussed at previous DMU conferences as part of… Continue Reading »

BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for users with mobility disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, May 26 2017

SINGAPORE: Wheelchair accessible weight machines at the gymnasium, staggered platforms with handrails at the swimming pool, extensive braille indicators, step-free entrances to units and bathrooms. These are just some of the features that won serviced residence Ascott Orchard Singapore and Cairnhill Nine condominium the Universal Design (UD) Mark Platinum award,… Continue Reading »

Center for Real Life Design launches with an emphasis on universal design and sustainability

Americas, Universal Design, May 8 2017

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Muted colors and matte finishes create a soothing environment for children with autism. A slate-gray cooking surface on a cream porcelain countertop provides contrast for those with vision disabilities. And a low, shallow sink eases kitchen work from a wheelchair. The Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences… Continue Reading »

New Stanford course tackles designing for people with disabilities

Americas, Universal Design, April 24 2017

Zach Crighton, a 17-year-old high school student with cerebral palsy, meets with students in the Compassionate Design course taught by lecturer John Moalli. The students are hoping they can make improvements to Crighton’s wheelchair and communication tools. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

Students in a new undergraduate course have this question to ponder: How would it feel to be a bright person with big goals and ideas, but live in a world that’s not designed for you? The new course, called Dare to Care: Compassionate Design, spurs students to consider how to… Continue Reading »


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