NIDRR Strikes Blow to Disability and Aging Communities
September 15, 2004
The US Government Has Just Made a Tactical Decision to Stop Funding Work on Universal Design and the Built Environment!
Funding for the field of Universal Design and the Built Environment was not
awarded in a recent decision by the US Department of Education, National
Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). As a result,
the two prominent national and internationally recognized research centers
that develop innovative designs, conduct research, and provide education /
training and information services about universal design are threatened with
curtailment or closure. (The Center for Universal Design, Raleigh, NC and
the IDEA Center, Buffalo, NY, as well as grassroots organizations like
Concrete Change, the key organization that leads the "Visitability" Movement
and the Inclusive Home Design Act is also threatened with closure.