Ecuador’s Technical Secretariat of Disability hosted the first World Meeting of Disabilities. Drawing experts from around the world, the conference featured presentations, roundtables and panels on policies, programs, projects and technological innovations and implementations that can advance the rights of persons with disabilities.
Global Universal Design Commission
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GUDC in Action
Just as proponents of “green” building concepts have seen their construction standards become commonplace, the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and key partners are leading an unprecedented effort to build support for the voluntary adoption of universal design (UD). The UD approach advocates that all built environments and products be useable by all people.
At a global conference Oct. 24-26 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, University Professor Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, and key partners will highlight how the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) is leading an unprecedented effort to build support for the voluntary adoption of universal design (UD). Created to widen the concept of accessibility, the UD principles transcend the disability universe, considering other populations with needs, such as aging baby boomers.
The Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), a not-for-profit corporation established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services, has announced the appointment of James Schmeling as its interim executive director. Schmeling is managing director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, which he co-founded. He will coordinate collaboration between these and other organizations to benefit stakeholders.
Edward H. Steinfeld, ArchD., AIA, founding board member of Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. (“GUDC”) and award-winning professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo (“UB”) School of Architecture and Planning, as well as the Founding Director of UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (“IDeA Center”) will receive UB’s second annual Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence from University President John B. Simpson in recognition of his remarkable contributions to design practices and design-related policy.
Luis Gallegos, Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States and Honorary Chair of Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. (“GUDC”), was recognized by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for his activism in the defense and promotion of human rights. This distinction, the first to be awarded by the Chamber to a foreign ambassador, highlights Gallegos’ extraordinary international work for the rights of persons living with disabilities.