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

GUDC in Action


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.

April 23, 2019

The Mary Free Bed Y was designed for everyone enabling and empowering a diverse population. In short, Universal Design makes life easier, healthier and friendlier by removing physical and social barriers. GUDC board member Michael Perryhad a chance to catch up with Emily Bush, whose son Carson plays for the Junior Pacers basketball team which is a team of West Michigan athletes ages 7-18 with physical disabilities. 

April 11, 2019

In the Universal Design Living Laboratory, the powder room features a pocket door to hide the toilet from view, a vertical toilet paper holder for easy replacement and a phone at an accessible height.

March 7, 2019

Universal Design Living Laboratory, located in Columbus, Ohio, is the top-rated universal design home in North America, with three national universal design certifications.

March 6, 2019

Listen to Rosemarie as she discusses the universal design features in her home, the Universal Design Living Laboratory,, and describes the highlights in her book, the Universal Design Toolkit in this podcast interview with Nichole Kain, Founder of the Home and Place Project.