Universal Design

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation Launches New Universal Homes “Accessibility is Beautiful” Initiative

Americas, Universal Design, May 18 2019

A lady walking with a man in a wheelchair in the city

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation launched a new initiative on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) called Accessibility is Beautiful, generously supported by CHUBB. This innovative accessibility initiative includes a YouTube video miniseries and Universal Design “Look Book” will feature the homes of disability advocates Pat Wright and Deb Zeyen, Karen Braitmayer, Leslie Haynes and Randy Earle, designed… Continue Reading »

Beyond Braille Series Brings a New Visual Language to Children with Visual Impairment

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, May 14 2019

Ranchhod Sees the World is the first ever inspirational illustration picture book for the visually impaired community.  Photo credit: beyondbraille.com

INDIA: It’s called Ranchhod Sees the World and it’s an illustration picture book about Ranchhod Soni, a visually impaired teacher in Gujarat, who has not disability come in the way of discovering new things. Bringing his story alive in a vivid and vibrant way for the first time is the Beyond Braille series which claims… Continue Reading »

Australia: Consultation Underway for The National Disability Strategy 2010-20

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, Universal Design, May 13 2019

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Consultation is now underway for the The National Disability Strategy 2010-20. This is your opportunity to have your say on accessible tourism in the context of the wider National Disability Strategy. The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is about creating a more inclusive society that enables Australians with disability to fulfil their potential… Continue Reading »

Lego Releases Braille Bricks to Impart Education to Children with Visual Impairment  

Europe, Universal Design, April 25 2019

Lego Braille Bricks will feature the Braille alphabet as well as numbers, math symbols and teaching devices.

Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a “playful and engaging way.” Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to the toy company by two charities, will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play. The bricks, which… Continue Reading »

UK-based Design Council Focuses on Accessible Home Innovation

Europe, Universal Design, April 10 2019

The Home Innovation Challenge

Now in its fifth year, Design Council Spark is putting a new focus on driving accessible home innovation; Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge is aiming to deliver major impact, both financially and socially, for people with reduced mobility or disabilities. In the UK, there are currently 14 million… Continue Reading »

Researchers Developing Wheelchair-accessible Maps for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, March 27 2019

New Delhi aerial map view in colorful colors

INDIA – Researchers with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, co-led by UCL (University College London) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi), are developing wheelchair-accessible maps of Delhi, India.  Described as Street Rehab, the collaborative project has been conceptualized with innovative sensing platforms. This is how it… Continue Reading »

Japan to Promote Wheelchair-Friendly Taxis for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, Universal Design, March 25 2019

Promoting wheelchair-friendly taxis

The Japanese government is hoping that visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics who use wheelchairs will have an easy time getting around. Officials say they’re going to obligate taxi operators to train their drivers in the use of specially designed vehicles.”Universal design” taxis look like station wagons and… Continue Reading »

Adaptive Sports Equipment Enables Outdoor Recreation for All

Americas, Universal Design, March 18 2019

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Stephen was 14 when he lost all use of his legs and the full mobility of his arms in a traffic accident. Three years after the crash, the Braddock youth, who asked that his last name not be used, said he sorely missed getting outside with family and friends. “Hanging… Continue Reading »

Ikea to Use 3-D Printing to Make Furniture More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

Middle East, Universal Design, March 12 2019

Sofa with light on a yellow background

ISRAEL: Ikea is the largest furniture manufacturer in the world. But its sleek designs, filled with handle-less drawers and low-profile furniture, aren’t necessarily friendly to the needs of people with disabilities.  Now Ikea Israel has teamed up with the nonprofits Milbat and Access Israel, each of which specializes in making the world more… Continue Reading »

Bangladesh to Set Example on Social Development

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, February 27 2019

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Bangladesh’s Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed Bangladesh hopes to be a role model for the developing world in social services provided by the government to help poor, ill, disabled and elderly people, said a high official. “I can assure you that our country will be a role model of social… Continue Reading »


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