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

GUDC in Action


November 4, 2016

Demonstrating the social and business value of Universal Design, Nike released a shoe-entry technology known as FLYEASE. This innovation allows athletes and those of various ability levels to easily get shoes on and off.

October 27, 2016

The Silicon Valley giants are embracing users with disabilities, resulting in tech and features that everyone can appreciate.

October 12, 2016

This guide is a rich resource of ideas which development practitioners can consider when applying universal design.

October 10, 2016

Camping and hiking may be a fundamental upstate New York experience, but it can pose many hurdles to individuals with lesser ability.

October 6, 2016

Developer Mark Congel stands at the entrance to his latest project, the conversion of a 111-year-old former washing machine factory in Syracuse's lakefront area into a 62-unit apartment building named Destiny Arms. (Rick Moriarty |

By Rick Moriarty |

October 4, 2016

At the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) we talk a lot about Universal Design, but for many the term can be confusing. In general, UD refers to a design practice aimed at creating something everyone can use equally. It applies to web design, education and much more, but in this case, we’re talking about built environments. This means planning ahead to create a space that all people, regardless of ability, can access AND fully participate in.