Global Universal Design Commission
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GUDC in Action


March 27, 2020

COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, has been the subject of intense media attention for the past several weeks. Along with that attention comes the possibility of misinformation that results in unease and panic. The Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, has put together a list of factual and authoritative resources to help the public understand the Coronavirus. It includes information about how the virus is spread and what you can do to prevent infection.

March 4, 2020

Attract Guests of All Abilities: Increase Your Profitability
Speaker: Rosemarie Rossetti, Author, Strategist, and Universal Design Expert
The replay to Rosemarie Rossetti's Vrbo webinar "Attract Guests of All Abilities". The focus is on creating homes that are more accessible using universal design features. Drive more bookings with a more inclusive vacation rental. Learn how to use design, layout, and building materials to address common accessibility challenges.

January 13, 2020

In December 2019, Dr Delia Ferri, Lecturer at Maynooth University and International Fellow at the BBI,  has been awarded a prominent European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant of €2 million to undertake research examining the extent to which EU Law protects the rights of persons with disabilities to fully participate in cultural endeavours. 

December 13, 2019

When most people think about putting grip bars in the shower, widening doors for wheelchairs, installing walk-in bathtubs or removing area rugs to prevent falls, they think about doing this for their aging parents. Think again. Universal design isn't just for seniors.

"Universal design is designing for people of all ages and abilities or disabilities," said Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., the author of the Universal Design Toolkit and president of Rossetti Enterprises, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. "I prefer not to think about aging-in-place but rather creating a home that's inclusive so that you can have visitors who might be in a wheelchair, or you can be prepared for anything can happen to anyone at any time."

November 21, 2019

Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Chairman and University Professor Peter Blanck will speak at the Symposium hosted by the Assisted Living & Learning (ALL) Institute and the Department of Law on November 21, 2019. The event will take place at National University of Ireland Maynooth’s North Campus in the Phoenix Boardroom. Blanck will deliver the keynote presentation on Building an Inclusive Society through Accessibility.

October 28, 2019

In partnership with Progressive AE and Disability Inclusion Solutions, the GUDC has developed a program for sites and buildings to receive certification based on best practices from a global perspective. Going forward, using the GUDC guidelines as a reference, we have instituted a program for Universal Design certification that establishes a benchmark for organizations who realize the value of creating a truly accessible and inclusive work environment.