Global Universal Design Commission
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GUDC in Action


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.

October 8, 2019

Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Chairman and University Professor Peter Blanck alongside fellow speaker, Progressive AE Executive Vice President and Universal Design Consultant, Mike Perry spoke at the 2019 SRAPPA Conference hosted by Northern Kentucky University on October 8, 2019, in Covington, KY, at the Northern Kentucky Conference Center. Blanck and Perry led a breakout session on Impacting Your University Mission with Universal Design. Their presentation featured the principles and methods that the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) has made regarding accessibility and inclusion through universal design followed by a Q&A session.

August 21, 2019

The American Society of Landscape Architects has published a guide to universal design in landscape architecture that goes beyond the largely quantitative requirements stipulated by the ADA. The full guide includes sections on applying the lessons of universal design to neighborhoods, streets, parks and plazas, playgrounds, and gardens.

July 3, 2019

The Honorable Tom Harkin - former Senator and Congressman, veteran, author, attorney, and chief sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA),  featured guest on the July 3, 2019 broadcast of the ADA Live!, a podcast produced by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) |  Southeast ADA Center. University Professor Peter Blanck, Chairman of BBI, will interview Sen. Harkin in celebration of the 29th anniversary of this historic civil rights legislation.