In November, Mike Rotella led a tour of progress at the Destiny Arms apartment complexin Syracuse, New York. The Destiny Arms project involves the renovation of a 110-year-old industrial building, not far from Destiny USA. Destiny Arms acts as one of GUDC’s “living laboratories” for the ongoing study of Universal Design. It is part of the GUDC’s work fostering a more universally accessible and usable world.
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Evangeline “Van” Cleage always has been a trailblazer. In 1956, Ebony Magazine noted that Cleage, who then was living in Los Angeles, was “the talk of fashion circles” for her progressive and innovative designs of casual clothing, and one of the very few African-American women in the business. She went on to shape the American fashion world in the Los Angeles and New York garment industries for more than 20 years.
For those with disabilities, access to public transportation, much less control of their own vehicle and life, would be empowering. The possibilities of autonomous vehicles designed for everyone could impact a huge swath of the population: a recent government report found that 6 million Americans with disabilities have difficulty getting the transportation they need.
During GUDC’s 2016 board meeting Michael Perry, AIA, LEED AP of Progressive AE was appointed to the GUDC Board of Directors by official vote. Michael Perry now lends his deep knowledge of built environments and Universal Design related planning and execution. Perry will be an asset to the board given his design expertise, architectural perspective and track record of excellence as Executive Vice President of Progressive AE, a full-service architectural firm with offices in Grand Rapids, MI and Charlotte, NC.
On Wednesday, December 7th, Global Universal Design Commission Executive Director Diana Foote and Associate Director Michael Rotella will appear on “ADA Live!” (WADA), a monthly internet radio show produced by the Southeast ADA Center. The Southeast ADA Center is part of the ADA National Network and is an ongoing project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.
In an unprecedented move, tech leader Apple released a video highlighting the accessibility features of its products. Instead of simply showing the features, the advertisement demonstrates the ways that people with disabilities can achieve greater inclusion with Apple’s innovations. Just like Nike, Apple is seeing the value of the underserved markets that Universal Design allows them to reach. It’s not just about business though, as Apple’s tech accessibility features actually allow inclusive use for all.