Universal Design

Design Concept for Assistive Mobility Vehicle Embraces Universal Design 

Assistive Technology, Universal Design, May 19 2020

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You know the bright future is here when we see design concepts like MÜV (pronounced “move”) – a purely electric, self-balancing, hands-free assistive mobility vehicle concept that grants you true omnidirectional maneuverability. To simplify it, think of it as a hoverboard with a seat but you don’t have to worry… Continue Reading »

Survey for Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE)

Built Environment, Universal Design, May 5 2020

Text Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments - Job Task Analysis Survey

The Job Task Analysis survey is being carried out by IAAP to streamline the application process and scale the CPABE program. Target audience: individuals currently working in the built environment with a focus on accessibility whether through auditing /assessment, design, or leadership positions, those who champion accessibility and Universal Design. Survey… Continue Reading »

Thammasat University Continuously Strives to Offer Excellent Support to Students with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., Universal Design, May 1 2020

Woman seated on a wheelchair using a computer with her back towards camera.

THAILAND: Thammasat University has the highest number of students with disabilities among closed-system universities in Thailand since 2003 when Thammasat decided to launch an admission program for students with disabilities. Piyaphong Iadpum, director of Disabled Student Services Thammasat University (DSS) said that Thammasat has learned and improved a lot in setting up… Continue Reading »

USDOT Launches Challenge to Design Accessible AV Solutions

Americas, Transportation, Universal Design, April 29 2020

Graphical representation of three people in a bus

The Inclusive Design Challenge is seeking automated vehicle (AV) solutions that are designed to be more accessible to people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has opened Stage I of the Inclusive Design Challenge, a national prize competition seeking design solutions to make future automated vehicles (AVs) more accessible… Continue Reading »

Innovative Masks to Help Persons with Visual Impairment

Middle East, News, Universal Design, April 24 2020

Woman cashier wearing a face mask

ISRAEL: For the hearing impaired, this is no easy task, as it adds an extra layer of difficulty to their ability to communicate, often times with various service providers such as doctors and nurses. As face masks have become an inseparable part of the lives of millions of Israelis there are those who may… Continue Reading »

Professor Creates Face Mask with an Accessible Design

Americas, Universal Design, April 14 2020

Face mask pattern cutting

USA: On Friday, President Trump announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people in the United States wear face coverings in public to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The additional public health measure is not a substitute for social distancing but is mainly to prevent… Continue Reading »

New Digital ‘Accessibilitas’ Portal to Promote Universal Design

Europe, News, Universal Design, April 13 2020

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Fundación ONCE and the Royal Board on Disability have just launched ‘Accessibilitas’, a digital platform designed to improve the universal design of spaces, goods and services and, therefore, aimed at people and institutions interested in making this goal a reality. The platform aims to promote the generation and dissemination of… Continue Reading »

New Gadget Provides Inclusive Experience for Rugby Fans with Disabilities

Assistive Technology, Europe, Universal Design, April 10 2020

Person holding a device in a stadium

UNITED KINGDOM:  Blind sports fans have received a boost from a magnetic gadget to help them enjoy a match. The “touchy-feely” board helps visually-impaired supporters keep up with the action and never miss a goal, try, putt or basketball hoop. The kit is the first of its type in the UK and… Continue Reading »

Japanese Firm’s Notebooks Focused on Universal Design

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, March 31 2020

Two books on a table

JAPAN: When a manufacturer here set out to create a notebook for developmentally disabled people, who are often bothered by pure white pages, decorative lines and date columns, they went right to the source. Ohguri Shikou, a notebook maker based in Ikuno Ward here, teamed with a patient support group to… Continue Reading »

Egyptian ICT Ministry Collaborates to Empower Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, Universal Design, January 2 2020

Person on a wheelchair with his arms up in the air photograph taken from behind

EGYPT: Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed a MoU with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to carry out projects to improve the lives of disabled people. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO)… Continue Reading »


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