Strategic Priority 3

Universal Design of the environment

To promote excellence in universal design to facilitate maximum participation in Irish society

The National Disability Authority's Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has worked to promote awareness and develop resources to promote universal design, including supporting the development of national and international standards. Its work relates to the design of the built environment, products and services, and information and communications technologies so that they can be used, accessed and understood by persons of any size, age, ability or disability, in the widest possible range of situations, without the need for adaptations, and in the most natural manner possible. Universal design promotes the fullest participation of every person.

The National Disability Authority will build on this work through collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders, to promote further integration of universal design into curricula, examinations and continuing professional development for all relevant professions.

Objective 1

To promote universal design principles in an Irish context through engagement with stakeholders

Key performance indicators

  • Agreed universal design principles promoted to key stakeholders.
  • Research and information to guide national policies and the achievement of excellence in universal design.
  • Established links with relevant stakeholders, including industry, to research and develop the commercial potential of universal design.

Objective 2

Advising and assisting in the development of national and international standards on universal design and promoting their implementation by national stakeholders.

Key performance indicators

  • Engagement with standards bodies and stakeholders on standards as appropriate
  • Standards promoted for adoption by national bodies
  • Advice to guide standards on universal design homes.

Objective 3

To produce guidelines to support the achievement of universal design of everyday products and services to enhance quality of daily life for individuals and to promote independence across the lifecycle

Key performance indicators

  • Relevant stakeholders consulted to identify key everyday products and services
  • Advice on implications of size data on procurement and design of products.

Objective 4

To engage with education and accreditation bodies on a strategic approach to embedding universal design in continuous professional development, third level curricula and accreditation

Key performance indicators

  • Strategic engagement to ensure universal design is integrated in broad spectrum of third-level courses.
  • Engagement with accreditation bodies to incorporate universal design elements in core qualifications.

Objective 5

Promoting awareness and understanding of universal design.

Key performance indicators

  • Inclusion of universal design promoted within existing awards schemes.
  • Awareness programme, including seminars, established and delivered.