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Purpose of This Site

This web site supports the teaching and study of universal design. It also provides a place where educators can interact with each other. Our goal is to develop a community of learners who exchange information for the benefit of all.

The site is designed for use by faculty members, students (of any age and stage), and user/experts. The site supports professional design education as well as professional development/continuing education and kindergarten through grade 12 education (this is the U.S. designation - we welcome design-related materials for younger students from everywhere in the world). The site features a variety of materials for a range of disciplines, levels, and interests including: 

Note that the site is organized by types of content and not by design discipline; much of the content can be applied or adapted to different disciplines.

The interactive site provides online support for educators including a Discussion Forum. The site provides students a list of universal design programs and courses offered worldwide and for all visitors, a calendar of events and calls for conference participation and design competitions both upcoming and archived.

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Project Staff

This project is conducted jointly by:

  • The Center for Universal Design in the College of Design at North Carolina State University. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Richard Duncan, Leslie Young)
  • IDEA Center in the School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo; The State University of New York ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Bruce Majkowski and Douglas McCallum)
  • Global Universal Design Educator's Network ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , co-founder of the Adaptive Environments Center)

The staff of this project is also working closely with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Director of the IDEA Center and the RERC on Universal Design at Buffalo.

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Project Advisors

We acknowledge and thank the following colleagues who serve as advisors to this project. Their inputs invaluable.

  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Director of Media Access Group at WGBH, Boston
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Arch.D., Professor of Interior Design, Interior Design Graduate Program, College of Health and Human Services, Eastern Michigan University
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , M.C.P., Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director of Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, North Carolina State University
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , R.I.B.A., Professor of Architecture, School of Fine Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast Northern Ireland
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , M.A., M.C.R.P., Professor, School of Industrial Design: Georgia Tech
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Ph.D., Professor of Industrial and Biomedical Engineering, Director of Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Project Manager, Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, Boston

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Project Sponsor

Funding for this project is provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education under grant #H133G000025.

The opinions containedin this web site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Education.

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