What is Universal Design?
Article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defines Universal design as:
“The design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
Universal design shall not exclude assistive devices for particular groups of persons with disabilities where this is needed.”
Why The Need for a National Universal Design Network in Canada?
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by the Government of Canada in 2010. The CRPD clearly outlines the responsibility of countries to engage in research and development of Universal Design principles and application of these principles to maximize inclusion of all including people with disabilities.
The Universal Design Network of Canada Mission
In 2017, the Universal Design Network of Canada was registered as a non profit organization whose board consisted of a diverse knowledge base representing design, ergonomics, health, disability, and accessibility. Our mission is to promote Universal Design in Canada through education, research, and displays of best practices.
Our vision is to be a trusted source of Universal Design information in Canada.