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

GUDC in Action


September 16, 2016

'Universal design is design for human diversity' Universal design is a still a relatively new concept in Denmark, which gives the opportunity for discussion about values, equality and quality for all in the built environment. Universal design is often understood as the same as handicap accessibility, but it's far from it.

August 9, 2016

Adults with autism soon will be able to move into new apartments where they can live independently, and where half of their neighbors will be people who do not have autism. “Most housing for people with autism is just for people with autism,” said Elliot Frank, president and founder of Autism Housing Development Corp. of Pittsburgh. “Inclusiveness is what makes this different.”

August 3, 2016

Some people may be living in homes that do not meet their needs. Home features like stairs and narrow doorways make homes less accessible for mobility aid users. Living in an inaccessible home can make it harder for people with mobility disabilities to live, work, and participate in their communities.

July 28, 2016

Bringing together a team of respected and experienced experts, the handbook offers a range of jurisdictional and multidisciplinary perspectives. The authors consider historical and contemporary, as well as comparative perspectives of disability law.

July 27, 2016

The Congel's are interested in expanding the GUDC capabilities and programs towards new mixed use and apartment developments.

May 7, 2016

The Mary Free Bed YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan has been awarded the world's first Universal Global Design certification from the prestigious Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC). The new inclusive playground was a contributing factor in the GUDC decision to name the Mary Free Bed YMCA the first building in the world to receive Universal Design Certification.