International News

Jan 22, 2015

National Museum of Crime and PunishmentThe Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement with the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (Crime Museum) to address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The settlement agreement resolves allegations that some of the Crime Museum’s programs, exhibits and facilities were not accessible to people with disabilities.  As a place of public accommodation under Title III of the ADA, the Crime Museum is required to be accessible to people with disabilities and provide full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services and facilities.

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The EHD 2015 is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge concerning the application of research into health policy and practice within the fi eld of healthcare design. Congress attendees will develop their knowledge of the political and economic context, emerging practice, skills and core competencies in designing and commissioning health services, technology and infrastructure, project management, and the evidence-base for healthcare design and quality improvement. 

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Jan 12, 2015

U.S. Department of Housing ans Urban DevelopmentThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has charged a 1,144-unit Coney Island cooperative development and the president of its board of directors with housing discrimination for refusing to allow a veteran with a psychiatric disability to keep an emotional support animal. Read HUD's press release

Jan 7, 2015

The Nordic Journal of Architactural ResearchThe Nordic Journal of Architectural Research has a call out for articles on Universal Design in relation to a planned these issue on Universal Design. The journal publishes articles in both English and Nordic languages.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended until February 1, 2015

Find out more information on the Nordic Journal of Architectural Research's website

Nov 10, 2014

Picture-it cover"Picture-It: A digital tool to support living with autism" is the fifth in a series that describes design research projects carried out by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in partnership with autism charity the Kingwood Trust, which provides support and accommodation for adults with autism. The overall aim of the work is to improve the everyday experiences of those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through better understanding of their needs, aspirations and physical environment. 

Picture-It explores the development of a digital tool to help support staff at the Kingwood Trust to capture and share positive experiences in the lives of the adults with autism they support.

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Oct 1, 2014

Global AgeWatch Index 2014HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index ranks countries by how well their ageing populations are faring. It is based on four domains that are key enablers of older people's wellbeing: income, health, capability and enabling environment.

Find out more about Global AgeWatch 2014

Sep 10, 2014

Housing America's Older Adults—Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population: America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth. With the aging of the large baby-boom generation and increased longevity, the 50-and over population is projected to increase about 20 percent by 2030, to 132 million. In just 15 years, one in five people will be at least aged 65. Ensuring that these older adults have the housing they need to enjoy high-quality, independent, and financially secure lives has thus taken on new urgency not only for individuals and their families, but also for the nation as a whole.

Read the report published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies

Jul 25, 2014

Design CouncilThe Design Council (UK) has created the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment. It covers buildings and outdoor spaces, in all phases of development including planning, design and construction, right through to the management of those buildings and places. It is a collection of resources and we do not promote the use of one over the other.

Visit the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment