20 Essential Universal Design Elements What are the 20 essential elements that comprise universal and accessible design features? Take a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the top-rated universal design home in North America. See the design features and products that...
GUDC board member Rosemarie Rossetti featured in the April 2022 issue of Melange – Accessibility for All digital magazine
Rosemarie Rossetti discusses her work in accessible and universal design. Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Universal Design Commission. Learn about the Universal Design Living Laboratory her national demonstration home and...
Peter Blanck, BBI chairman, on the Ideas Network, helps us understand where vaccine and mask mandates cross over with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Millions of Americans are at higher risk for severe disease or death from COVID-19. That includes people with underlying health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, older people, and people with intellectual disabilities who research has shown are six times more likely to die from COVID-19.
Miracle Park in Rock Hill SC receives GUDC certification – the first park in the world to hold a Universal Design certification!
Miracle Park is a park designed for people of ALL ages and abilities to play and work TOGETHER – a place for EVERYONE to BELONG! It is located at 1005 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill, SC, and is the first park in the world to hold a Universal Design certification! The park is...
BBI Chairman, Peter Blanck, guest edits Journal of Disability Policy Studies special issue on Supported Decision-Making
Supported decision-making (SDM) is a paradigm in which people use friends, family, and professionals to help them address the situations and choices they encounter in everyday life. SDM is to empower individuals to make their own decisions to the maximum extent...
Peter Blanck presents, Inclusivity in Sustainable Design: Global Universal Design Commission – How architecture can transcend accessibility, innovate and serve all
Join us for a look at the essential role of inclusivity in design through the lens of innovation as we explore how the sustainable future of inclusivity embraces global universal design principles. The highlight discussion will focus on insights, design details and a critical paradigm shift towards implementation. Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission, Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D., will share the universal design principals that allow the design and development of buildings and environments to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible without the need for retrofitting or specialized design.
Wednesday – April 21, 2021 1:00 PM (Eastern)] | 12:00 Noon [Central] ADA Live! is a free online program of the Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. “ADA Live!” focuses on the rights and responsibilities under the...
First-person accounts on how universal design has changed lives. Available as part of the Universal Design in Life and Work Podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts. Episodes include: Dr. Miriam Begnum gives us her perspective on what...
GUDC Welcomes new board member Kathryn Gibbs – Facilities Management Director, Engineering (North America) at Merck & Co.
Kathryn Gibbs started her career at Merck in 1992 as an assistant engineer in the Global Engineering Solutions (GES) organization managing laboratory projects on the Rahway, NJ Campus. Kathryn spent the next 15 years in GES managing a steady progression and variety of projects supporting labs and offices and large utility/infrastructure distribution projects in the Northeast Corridor, including capital project execution, technical and site support, and continuous improvement of related work practices. Kathryn has been responsible for the successful completion of over 5 million square feet and over $600 million. She has significant experience in campus and utility master planning.
GUDC Welcomes new board member Fred Dwain Cawyer, AIA – Accessibility Architect, Interior Designer and Registered Accessibility Specialist
Fred Dwain Cawyer AIA is a licensed architect and interior designer based in Dallas, Texas USA. He is President of ARS, PLLC – Accessibility Resource Specialists. His area of professional focus is as a registered Architect and Interior Designer specializing in...
Global Universal Design Commission
Global Universal Design Commission, Inc., (GUDC) a not-for-profit corporation, was established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services.
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