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

GUDC in Action


January 23, 2017

For those with disabilities, access to public transportation, much less control of their own vehicle and life, would be empowering. The possibilities of autonomous vehicles designed for everyone could impact a huge swath of the population: a recent government report found that 6 million Americans with disabilities have difficulty getting the transportation they need.

January 3, 2017

During GUDC’s 2016 board meeting Michael Perry, AIA, LEED AP of Progressive AE was appointed to the GUDC Board of Directors by official vote. Michael Perry now lends his deep knowledge of built environments and Universal Design related planning and execution. Perry will be an asset to the board given his design expertise, architectural perspective and track record of excellence as Executive Vice President of Progressive AE, a full-service architectural firm with offices in Grand Rapids, MI and Charlotte, NC.

November 28, 2016

On Wednesday, December 7th, Global Universal Design Commission Executive Director Diana Foote and Associate Director Michael Rotella will appear on “ADA Live!” (WADA), a monthly internet radio show produced by the Southeast ADA Center. The Southeast ADA Center is part of the ADA National Network and is an ongoing project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.

November 9, 2016

In an unprecedented move, tech leader Apple released a video highlighting the accessibility features of its products. Instead of simply showing the features, the advertisement demonstrates the ways that people with disabilities can achieve greater inclusion with Apple’s innovations. Just like Nike, Apple is seeing the value of the underserved markets that Universal Design allows them to reach. It’s not just about business though, as Apple’s tech accessibility features actually allow inclusive use for all.

November 7, 2016

This is the first of a series of posts on some specific Universal Design features in Destiny Arms, one of the Global Universal Design Commission’s living laboratories.

November 4, 2016

Demonstrating the social and business value of Universal Design, Nike released a shoe-entry technology known as FLYEASE. This innovation allows athletes and those of various ability levels to easily get shoes on and off.