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Research on Universal Design

Universal Design Alliance

The Universal Design Alliance Inc. (UDA) is a non-profit corporation founded in March 2003. Their mission is to create awareness and expand the public’s knowledge of universal design, which is design for all ages, sizes, and abilities. Membership is open to designers, builders, students, businesses, and consumers who want to share and learn about universal design. They provide education, resources and offer consulting services in interior design for residential homes and commercial facilities.

North Carolina State University Center for Universal Design

The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.  Their  mission is to improve environments and products through design innovation, research, education and design assistance.

National Home Builders Association

NAHB is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. NAHB strives to create an environment in which:
-All Americans have access to the housing of their choice and the opportunity to realize the American dream of homeownership.
-Builders have the freedom to operate as entrepreneurs in an open and competitive environment.
-Housing and those who provide it are recognized as the strength of the nation.


Shared Solutions America is a national non-profit organization and Resource Center for education, technology, and funding alternatives for seniors and people of all ages with disabilities. Their mission is to help people better understand how to build new homes and make changes to existing homes incorporating special features that will help all family members perform daily living tasks more efficiently and enjoyably. Also to assure independent and safe living through all stages of life! We hope that this new website will help accomplish our goal.

Access Board

This document contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. These scoping and technical requirements are to be applied during the design, construction, and alteration of buildings and facilities covered by titles II and III of the ADA to the extent required by regulations issued by Federal agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation, under the ADA.

Adaptive Environments Center

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), founded in Boston in 1978 as Adaptive Environments, is an international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. IHCD’s work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design.

IDEA Center

The IDEA Center practices human centered design through research, development, service, dissemination and educational activities. The primary goal of the Center is to produce knowledge and tools that will increase social participation of groups like people with disabilities and the older generation, who have been marginalized by traditional design practices.

American Society of Interior Designers

ASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change people’s lives. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives.

Concrete Change

The goal of Concrete change is to make all homes visitable. They narrow the emphasis from a long list of access features to the most essential: entering a home and fitting through the interior doors. So that widespread construction change is more likely to happen quickly.

National Kitchen & Bath Association

The Mission of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

National Resource Center for Supportive Housing and Home Modifications

The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification is a university-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities. In this capacity, they:

-provide training and education to develop and support skilled, educated and networked professionals who can respond to the increasing demand for home modification services; and
-act as an information clearinghouse on home modification to equip professionals and consumers with a comprehensive inventory of resources

American Institute of Architects

The AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. They carry out their goal through advocacy, information, and community. Each year the AIA

-Sponsors hundreds of continuing education experiences to help architects maintain their licensure
-Sets the industry standard in contract documents with more than 100 forms and contracts used in the design and construction industry
-Publishes online publications
-Provides countless Web-based resources for emerging architecture professionals
-Conducts market research and provides analysis of the economic factors that affect the business of architecture
-Hosts the annual AIA National Convention and Design Exposition
-Serves as an advocate of the architecture profession
-Champions architects’ future by enhancing public belief in the value of design
-Promotes design excellence and outstanding professional achievement through an awards program






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