Global Universal Design Commission
Increasing usability, safety, health, and social participation through design*

GUDC in Action


October 2, 2015

Anxious parents of high school athletes keep calling the Connecticut headquarters of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. They want to know: Will my daughter be able to play for a league title in wheelchair basketball? Will my son be able to compete in sled hockey as a varsity athlete? What about sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby, and goalball?

September 15, 2015

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has partnered with the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University and the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University of Buffalo (IDeA Center), leading organizations in advancing the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. The goal of the partnership is to work towards receiving the first Global Universal Design Certification from the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) for the Mary Free Bed YMCA when the facility opens in December 2015.

November 25, 2013

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.

November 1, 2013

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.

October 7, 2011

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.

August 24, 2011

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.