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CEUD meets with Irish Schools of Architecture

Attendess at the "Workshop on 3rd Level Module in Univeal Design"

Attendess at the "Workshop on 3rd Level Module in Universal Design":

Focused consultation on "Universal Design Guidelines for homes in Ireland" - open until Wednesday 5th February 2014

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority has prepared draft ‘Universal Design Guidelines for homes in Ireland' – in other words homes that can accommodate people of different ages, sizes abilities or disabilities, and are readily adaptable to changing needs over the lifecycle. The Guidelines are intended to inform national policy and new home design.

Focused consultation on "Universal Design Guidelines for homes in Ireland" - open until Wednesday 5th February 2014

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority has prepared draft ‘Universal Design Guidelines for homes in Ireland' – in other words homes that can accommodate people of different ages, sizes abilities or disabilities, and are readily adaptable to changing needs over the lifecycle. The Guidelines are intended to inform national policy and new home design.

Technical Guidelines for the Universal Design of In-Home Displays launched by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte

Peter McKevitt, Chairperson of the National Disability Authority, Pat Rabbitte, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Cathy Mannion, Director of Energy, Retail and Water, Commission for Energy Regulation.

Peter McKevitt, Chairperson of the National Disability Authority, Pat Rabbitte, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Cathy Mannion, Director of Energy, Retail and Water, Commission for Energy Regulation.

Applications Sought - Nomination for Consideration for Appointment to potential whole-time position on An Bord Pleanala

The National Disability Authority has been advised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government that there may be a vacancy among ordinary members of An Bord Pleanála to be filled later this year and has been asked to nominate two candidates for consideration by the Minister for appointment to this vacancy should it arise. This is a full time senior level post, based in Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 for a period of 5 years.

Applications Sought - Nomination for Consideration for Appointment to potential whole-time position on An Bord Pleanala

The National Disability Authority has been advised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government that there may be a vacancy among ordinary members of An Bord Pleanála to be filled later this year and has been asked to nominate two candidates for consideration by the Minister for appointment to this vacancy should it arise. This is a full time senior level post, based in Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 for a period of 5 years.

UCD Student Centre wins Universal Design Award

The winners of the RIAI Architecture Award 2013 were announced on the 4th July 2013. The RIAI Universal Design Award went to UCD Student Centre by Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners. The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority supported the award.

The jury commented on the award winning building as follows:

Vote for Universal Design

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the NDA is collaborating with the RIAI on the first RIAI Universal Design Award, to be presented in July 2013. The aim of the RIAI Universal Design Award is to promote Universal Design among the architectural profession and increase public awareness of Universal Design.

Two buildings have been shortlisted for the RIAI Universal Design Award and as a result have also been short-listed for the RIAI Public Choice Award. The buildings are:

  • Ballybay Community College Co. Monaghan

Launch: "Universal Design for Customer Engagement in Tourism Services" A voluntary Standard and practical Toolkit

Who should attend?

The launch of this voluntary national standard and practical toolkit will be beneficial for all tourism professionals who are responsible for customer engagement, including key decision makers from:

  • Hotels and accommodation providers
  • Tourism attractions and destinations
  • Transport and travel providers to the tourism sector
  • Meetings, conference and event organisers
  • Policy makers, tourism promotion and Governmental bodies

New RIAI Universal Design Award – deadline extended to 13th May

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority is supporting a new Universal Design category in this year’s Irish Architecture Awards, run by the RIAI.

Entries for the RIAI Universal Design Award will be judged in relation to their achievement of excellence in architectural design that responds to the diverse needs of users, and enables people to access and use an environment with ease and comfort, to the greatest extent possible, regardless of their age, size, abilities or disabilities.

Update on: Accessibility of Public Websites – legislative and practical perspectives

On Saturday 23rd February 2013 a joint seminar was held by the National Disability Authority in conjunction with the European Disability Forum entitled "Accessibility of Public Websites – legislative and practical perspectives".

Presentations: Universal Design for Digital Document Creation and Publication

On Thursday 29th November 2012, the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority (NDA) had a free seminar on "Universal Design for Digital Document Creation and Publication".

This practical half-day seminar examined the current state-of-the-art of accessible document creation and publication. It focused on the process of document creation and publication, looking at the most commonly used formats and practices in the public and educational sector and what can be done to ensure these formats are usable and accessible.

Launch of research on shared spaces

"Shared Space, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones from a Universal Design Approach for the Urban Environment in Ireland" explores contemporary national and international practices and thinking on Shared Spaces, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones and to investigate these concepts from a Universal Design approach in the Irish urban environment.

Presentations from the Launch of Building for Everyone: A Universal Design Approach

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the The National Disability Authority (NDA) in the presence of Mr Phil Hogan T.D, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, launched the revised Building for Everyone series on 23rd February 2012.

Below please find the agenda for this event as well as presentations by some of the speakers.

Innovation Lead Design for Competitive Advantage

The NSAI and NDA/CEUD Forum took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood on the evening of Wednesday, 14th March 2012.

Nomination of up to 2 candidates for Consideration by the Minister in relation to appointment as Ordinary Members of An Bord Pleanala

The National Disability Authority has been invited by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to nominate upto 2 candidates for consideration by the Minister in relation to appointment as Ordinary Members of An Bord Pleanala. This is a full time senior level post, based in Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 for a period of 5 years. The NDA is required to respond to the Department forwarding CVs and letters of consent from the selected nominees no later than the statutory deadline of 26 January 2011.

Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Every academic year, the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities offers a 7000-euro scholarship to several European students with disabilities.

Who? Candidates must be:

  • A student enrolled in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme (or equivalent) in 2011/2012;
  • Enrolled at a University in Europe. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply;
  • Studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics, or a closely related technical field;
  • A person with a disability.

Universal Design Challenge 2011

“The design techniques and team building was a great experience and I would recommend anyone to get involved with future Universal Design Challenges”

(Student design team member)

“Challenging students to design products for their non-peers should be part of all college courses” (Design team mentor)

Digital TV Guidelines - Consultation

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design invites comments on draft Universal Design guidelines for Digital TV services and equipment. The period for reviewing and submitting comments is from Friday 4th November to Friday 25th November 2011. The guidelines will become part of the suite of guidelines for information and communication technologies (ICTs) that the Centre develops and maintains for the web, hardware, software, smart card services and public access terminals.

Submission: Universal Design Thinking - as an approach for economic recovery

Universal Design is the design of products, services, environments or ICT so that they can be used by anyone regardless of age, size ability or disability. Innovation which builds in a Universal Design approach from the outset has the capacity to reach significantly wider markets than an approach which disregards human diversity and results in outputs suited to a narrower range of abilities.

Invitation to Tender - Course Module for Universal Design

The National Disability Authority (NDA)/Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) invites tenders to prepare and trial a module on Universal Design (UD), for use at first year degree level (equivalent to the National Framework of Qualifications level 6/7) in 3rd level educational institutions in Ireland. As defined, Universal Design is the design and composition of the environment, so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

Launch of CEN Workshop Agreement - 'Curriculum for training professionals in Universal Design'

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design is pleased to announce the launch of the CEN Workshop on 'Curriculum for training professionals in Universal Design'

Winning designs from the 2010 24 Hour Universal Design award challenge

Winning designs to improve the Grafton Street and similar urban and retail areas in Ireland.

Even in severe winter conditions, Julia Cassim (facilitator) noted that “the 24 Hour Universal Design Challenge format always delivers”. James Hubbard (director) added, “with another successful challenge, following on from 2009 we have over 100 design challenge participants excited to have been through the intense and immersive 24 hour format likely to embed Universal Deign in their future work.

Presentations from Shared Spaces Seminar 2010 now available

A seminar by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design on Shared Spaces was held on the 6th September 2010 at Engineers Ireland. The event was attended by 130 engineers, architects, landscape architects and other professionals and advocates interested in the potential and challenges that shared spaces have to offer in the urban environment.

CEN Workshop on 'Curriculum for training professionals in Universal Design for ICT'

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design is pleased to announce its involvement in the launch of a CEN Workshop on 'Curriculum for training professionals in Universal Design'