Increasing international awareness of Universal Design

March 20, 2010 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Not only is my husband a travel agent, he is also a traveler with a disability.  We have had many overseas adventures and continue to stay on our toes each vacation, as we are never 100% sure of the accessibility at each destination. 

When I read the article in TMC News regarding a Call for Universal Design for Buildings, I was excited that international building industry professionals are extolling the benefits of building with universal design principles in mind.  The article reports, “Engineers and architects are being taught to build according to the needs of people with disabilities.”  Mukhtar Al Shibani, an architect with Universal Design and Accessibility Saudi Arabia, went on to state that “future cities like Dubai, London and Riyadh must change the pattern of their structures. ‘We cannot build a successful school or stadium unless it is accessible’.”

Universal design attempts to meet the needs of as many users as possible, but may not meet the specific needs of some users (universal design versus accessible design).  However, I am continuously excited to hear about more awareness being generated regarding the need to build facilities with persons with disabilities in mind, versus not at all.  Furthermore, the promotion of Universal Design on an international level is a step in the right direction and benefits both residents of the area as well as the future tourists.

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