Global Universal Design Commission
Increasing usability, safety, health, and social participation through design*

GUDC in Action


June 24, 2020

Burton Blatt Institute Chairman and University Professor at Syracuse University, Peter Blanck’s new book titled Disability Law and Policy book was released in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Disability Law and Policy provides an overview of the themes and insights in disability law. It is a compelling compendium of stories about how our legal system has responded to the needs of impacted individuals.

May 29, 2020

The Inclusive Public Space project is a global interdisciplinary research effort that explores the social justice problems caused by city streets that limit access for some pedestrians. The project focuses specifically on pedestrians with disabilities who may have difficulties using the pedestrian paths because of the way streets are designed, managed or maintained. Poor maintenance, uneven surfaces, potholes, poor lighting and other streetscape structures also create barriers.

April 8, 2020

Uniland Development Corporation is close to completing the construction of a new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Amherst, New York. The Hampton by Hilton is expected to become the first hotel in the country to achieve isUD certification, a program that aims to create and acknowledge inclusive buildings. “As the first hotel in the country to embrace Universal Design, our new Hampton by Hilton at the Northtown Center will offer guests “the best experience possible,” says Kellena Kane, Uniland Director of Development.

March 27, 2020

COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, has been the subject of intense media attention for the past several weeks. Along with that attention comes the possibility of misinformation that results in unease and panic. The Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, has put together a list of factual and authoritative resources to help the public understand the Coronavirus. It includes information about how the virus is spread and what you can do to prevent infection.

March 4, 2020

Attract Guests of All Abilities: Increase Your Profitability
Speaker: Rosemarie Rossetti, Author, Strategist, and Universal Design Expert
The replay to Rosemarie Rossetti's Vrbo webinar "Attract Guests of All Abilities". The focus is on creating homes that are more accessible using universal design features. Drive more bookings with a more inclusive vacation rental. Learn how to use design, layout, and building materials to address common accessibility challenges.

January 13, 2020

In December 2019, Dr Delia Ferri, Lecturer at Maynooth University and International Fellow at the BBI,  has been awarded a prominent European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant of €2 million to undertake research examining the extent to which EU Law protects the rights of persons with disabilities to fully participate in cultural endeavours.