Embracing the whole mosaic that forms society, Ireland’s story
This is an edited transcript from the live captioning of Dr Ger Craddock‘s keynote presentation made on the second day of the Australian Universal Design Conference held at the Sydney Town Hall in August 2104. He explains how the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design was set up in 2007 and the progress made to date. He showcases how a dedicated centre can promote the principles, provide information and educational guidance, develop appropriate standards and be a driving force for inclusion.
Ger Craddock’s slideshow PDF 4MB
Synopsis: Dr Craddock outlines some of the challenges and successes of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Ireland. He explains the establishment of the Centre and its position within the government framework. He highlights the work they have carried out since its inception seven years ago and some of the key documents that have helped inform their work. Much of the Centre’s work has been engaging with stakeholders to develop many standards and guidelines, promotional material, educational packages, and award programs.
The Centre covers the three key areas of design: the built environment, product development, and information and communication technology. Universal design in education is also closely linked. Their website contains many useful publications, guidelines and standards. Dr Craddock’s presentation was followed by a panel session and a call for a similar centre to be set up in Australia. The presentation begins with a video of students undertaking a design challenge.