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.
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. See Article 4 (General Obligations) of CRPD for more information
The Universal Design Network of Canada is a federally registered non profit organization designed to promote Universal Design through education, research, and displays of best practices and policies.
Launched in 2017, UniversalDesign.ca was created to showcase Universal Design best practice and polices in Canada.