Universal Design

How Inclusive Design Works for Everyone

How Inclusive Design Works for Everyone

 Inclusive Design is the design and composition of an environment or product so it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

Benefit of Flex Seating for Kids

Benefit of Flex Seating for Kids

Classrooms may start to look a little different, if school board’s take notice of one Quebec teacher’s initiative. Lyanna Bravo is the vice-principal of Laval’s Souvenir Elementary school and has introduced flexible seating into her classrooms. Bravo says just as the rest of our world is evolving in areas like business and technology, education and classroom layouts should also evolve.

Benefits of Universal Design Features in Homes

Benefits of Universal Design Features in Homes

Domenic Cuda previously worked for a home construction company. A tragic ATV accident ten years ago had a life changing effect on Cuda which left him with complete paraplegia. Cuda asked his former employer, Fred Losani, to collaborate with him to build a fully accessible home for him and his family.

World’s First Accessible and Inclusive Water Park

World’s First Accessible and Inclusive Water Park

Morgan’s Inspirational Island is a theme park that recently opened in San Antonio, Texas. This $17 million park features five play areas with pools, geysers, jets, water cannons and more and is designed to ensure that everyone can enjoy the facilities.

Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

The field of universal design (UD) encompasses a range of topics, whether it’s at the level of urban planning, the design of a building or space within a building, or an object within that space. One review describes the book Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments as follows: “introduces designers to the principles and practice of designing for all people.” 

Accessible Healthcare

Accessible Healthcare

Access to healthcare is essential for all people. The Center for Universal Design and the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health published a document aimed at health care service providers to help them determine whether their facilities and services are accessible to everyone. 

Accessibility Standards Building Code

Accessibility Standards Building Code

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group has announced the harmonization of its accessibility standard with the Canadian National Building Code (NBC). The inclusion of its accessibility standard in the NBC represents a milestone in the journey toward a consistently accessibly designed Canada. 

Inclusive Mobile Apps

Inclusive Mobile Apps

The One Voice for Accessible Information and Communications Technology Coalition produced an in-depth report analyzing all key issues at the intersection of mobile apps and individuals with disabilities. The document covers how apps are accessed, what they can do, tips for developers, and barriers and issues to be dealt with in the future.

New Tool to Measure Neighbourhood Accessibility

New Tool to Measure Neighbourhood Accessibility

In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the Universal Mobility Index (UMI), a measure of the accessibility of neighbourhoods, has been tested and shows promising results. It was developed by Visionary Design Development, a trans-disciplinary consulting firm that focuses on human needs as they relate to the built environment.  

Fashionable Universal Design

Fashionable Universal Design

Jan Erickson, an American woman from Colorado, discovered that creating fashionable and practical items could become a fulfilling business opportunity. Her journey into the world of universal design and fashion began when she made a jacket for a member of her faith community who had experienced several strokes and was in the hospital. Not only was it comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, but it could readily be donned and doffed.