Has your organisation has been wanting to draft a universal design position statement and not sure where to start? Well, CUDA has devised a generic document to get you going.
The CUDA Universal Design Position Statement covers all the basics in a straightforward way. At the end of the document, organisations can insert links to their own policy documents that relate to the position statement. There is also an appendix with key references.
We have chosen not to abbreviate universal design to UD because acronyms are not accessible to everyone. We also decided not to use the proper noun version, ‘Universal Design’, because it makes it sound like a product. It also gives the impression of being a special design. So, we have used lower case throughout to emphasise that it is a process and an approach to design thinking rather than a thing.
For greater accessibility we have devised a companion document in plain language. This is a one page version that has all the key points. This document will be useful for advocacy organisations and others who are new to the concepts.
If you use these documents in whole or part, we ask that you make the appropriate acknowledgement to CUDA.
Download the Position Statement in Word:
Download the Position Statement in PDF:
We welcome feedback on the policy statements.
You can also see the Hobsons Bay City Council Universal Design Policy Statement.