Making universal design standard practice is something the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) has been pursuing for almost 40 years. But there is still a way to go. To improve acceptance and application of UD, IDeA has a new research-backed assessment and certification program. It takes you through the entire process, from planning the project, through building design, and including facility operation.
Design solutions and best practices gathered over the life of IDeA underpin the course units of a program called isUD™, or innovative solutions for Universal Design. Ed Steinfeld said, “This is the first recognition program to provide a comprehensive approach to user centered design, including attention to usability, wellness and social relations”. You can read more from the University at Buffalo Media release, which has links to more information.