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Universal Design Pioneers

The links in this section direct you to Centers that have been at the forefront in investigating the needs of people with disabilities and have contributed significantly to advancing universal design in education.

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Adaptive Environments-Human Centered Design

"Adaptive Environments (AE) is a 29 year old international non-profit organization, based in Boston, committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. AE's work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design."

Adaptive Environments

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Code of Practice on Access and Mobility - UK

This document provides reflection on best practice and current statutory requirements for the design of buildings, structures, and transportation.

Code of Practice on Access and Mobility

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Podcasting in Education

Based on podcasting presentations that the author made at the 2007 College Reading and Learning Association Conference (Portland, OR) and the National Conference of the National College Learning Center Association (Atlanta, GA) and a workshop on November 15, 2006 held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The Power Point slides for the presentation given at the CRLA and NCLCA Conference are provided. The UMN presentations has two parts: one for a basic overview of podcasting and the other examines its use in education.

University of Minnesota

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RERC on Universal Design at Buffalo  (Research based)

A partnership between the IDEA Center (University of Buffalo), the Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium (ORTC), and representatives from the design and disability communities nationwide. This webpage introduces their 2 research projects, 3 development projects, 4 training projects, and 6 dissemination projects as a rehabilitation engineering research center (RERC).

State University of New York at Buffalo

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Supplement to Notice of Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines

This document provides questions and answers about the federal guidelines of the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines that are applicable to certain multifamily dwellings designed and constructed for first occupancy after March 13, 1991. This document reproduces questions that have been raised most frequently by members of the public, and the Department's answers to these questions.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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Universal Design Education

"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."

Center for Universal Design, N.C. State University; IDEA Center, University at Buffalo

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Universal Design Network Home

"The Universal Design Network is the homepage of the Global Universal Design Educators™s Network and the Monthly Online News. The Network is a loose coalition of people committed to universal design education." It includes a comprehensive list of links, both US and foreign. Their monthly Online News is searchable by topic.

UD.net

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Universal Home Design

This web site provides several links to improve the designs of homes. This site focuses on ways to univerally design the home.

AARP

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W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. On this page, you'll find news, links and ways to get involved. The WCAG 2.0 Guidelines for web accessibility originated with W3C, as well as over 100 other web standards toward the goal of "Web interoperability". Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 has served as the W3C Director since W3C was founded, in 1994.

W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium

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If you can't see things from a user's perspective, you can't make something accessible.

Centre for Inclusive Technology