Global Universal Design Commission
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GUDC in Action


April 26, 2017

Universal design aims to be accessible to everyone, whatever their age. Things are changing, and the universal design movement, which champions good design that is accessible to everyone, whatever their age, stage, shape, size or ability, has resulted in a plethora of products that, in their own small way, are life-changing.

April 20, 2017

What is Universal Design? "Universal Design is likely the most misunderstood term in remodeling and construction," said Mimi Altman, Executive Director of NARI of Greater Chicagoland (NARIGC), based in Des Plaines

March 28, 2017

About one block away from Broadway in New York City, sits a 62 by 23 foot temple tucked away on West 47th Street. Around 200 people spent the night before Valentine’s Day at the Actors’ Temple for their Evening of Broadway Love Songs show. With eleven musical guests, the audience enjoyed a night of performances centered on romance, while raising money for the 100-year-old temple. While it is exempt from Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a historic building, the temple is working toward making the building accessible to all through its Universal Design.

March 22, 2017

María Teresa Donoso, representative of the Global Universal Design Commission in Ecuador, participated in the VI Latin American Conference of RIADIS "Inclusive Latin America in Unity, Development, Peace and Hope" held in Havana, Cuba on March 14 and 15 Of 2017. She presented in the Introductory Table: Universal Accessibility what Universal Accessibility is and how Universal Design is the most effective instrument for its achievement.

March 17, 2017

The UN must change in order to be relevant and to serve humanity. The world order of 1945 or before exists no longer. We must try to make the UN a new and vibrant organization that responds to the challenges of this new era. The lives of millions of refugees, migrants and ordinary citizens of every nation depend on it.

February 28, 2017

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and Associate Professor at American University, has been appointed to the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) Board of Directors. “The GUDC is excited to welcome Derrick Cogburn,” stated GUDC Chairman Peter Blanck. “He is an exceptional scholar and professor with deep knowledge in his many fields, and he will be an indispensable asset to the GUDC team.”