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

GUDC in Action


March 17, 2016

Peter Blanck, BBI Chairman & University Professor at Syracuse University, writes: "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 has helped to define in the United States and globally the modern view of disability as a central element of the human experience. This second issue, of a two-part Special Issue of the journal Inclusion, examines the ADA at its 25th anniversary.

January 19, 2016

Universal design (“UD”) of buildings, products, and technologies is not one of the most recognized subjects today. However, when you come to the realization that UD is the most revolutionary element of design presently that affects us all, you may start to pay attention.

December 4, 2015

The new Mary Free Bed YMCA has received the world’s first Global Universal Design Certification from the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC). The GUDC created guidelines for buildings and spaces to help meet the needs of different populations, including: the elderly, individuals with disabilities, those recovering from injury, and people with hearing and sight challenges. The guidelines are based on a decade of extensive research and are expected to be the new standard for universal design in architecture and construction.

December 3, 2015

The Mary Free Bed YMCA is the first health and wellness facility in the world specifically designed to equally serve all individuals regardless of ability.  An inaugural lap around the new indoor track was made by community members of all ages and abilities during the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony hosted today by the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

October 27, 2015

October 22, 2015

Great news on another successful grant outcome, on which Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College (OCC) are fortunate to be partners.

This significant project further builds on the successful partnership led by OCC and with BBI funding through the U.S. Department of Labor on Pathways to Careers and Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities.