December 2004 Archives

The National Institute on Recreation Inclusion (NIRI) will hold its national conference from September 8 -11, 2005 in La Quinta, California.

For conference information visit NIRI.

The Silver Tsunami: A Graphical Depiction

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Global social policy and practice will increasingly be affected by the aging of the Baby Boomer generation. This graph from the Trace Center assists in visualizing the trend.



Disability as a Function of Age

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There is a confluence of interests between those who acquire a disability and those who do so through the process of aging. This chart from "U.S. Census Bureau Report on Americans with Disabilities: 1994-95" summarizes.


Jim Marston @ UC Santa Barbara

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Wayfinding is a subject of much study in the area of architecture and design. Travel, either for business or leisure, is one extended act of wayfinding. Travel with a disability adds complexity to wayfinding and Jim Marston is one researcher who has undertaken a thorough study of the issue.

The European Institute on Design and Disability

The founding philosophy of the Institute has always been embedded in design-for-all, a philosophy which aims to improve the life of everyone through design.

”Good design enables, bad design disables”. That is the motto of the European Design for All declaration adopted on 9 May 2004 in Stockholm.

EIDD is a voluntary organisation. It is the 'umbrella' for national organisations whose members include architects, product, graphic and interior designers as well as professionals concerned with rehabilitation.

Universal Design in the EU @ ProAsoultions

Universal Design - Design for All in Europe - has a longstanding champion in Francesc Aragall. His consultancy, ProAsolutions, offers a broad set of services for those in receptive tourism pursuing a strategy of inclusive destination development.

Universal Design in Practice

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Several studies are underway to measure the real impact of Universal Design - beyond anecdote and case studies. Universal Design in Practice ( UDiP) is one such project. Housed at Georgia Tech and funded by NIDDR it is officially titles, This 3-year NIDRR-funded project is officially titled "Analyzing Universal Design Resource Needs for practitioners in industry and government."

D21 Closing Address

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From Susan Szenasy, Metropolis Editor in Chief's D21 Closing Address:

"The time is coming for building that road to a design that no longer needs to call itself "sustainable" or "universal" - just good, need-oriented, environmentally sensitive design. Just design. Design with justice at its core."

D21 Address by Jean-Pierre Gonnot

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Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Chief, Inclusive Development Section, of the
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs addressed the conference as follows:

Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, let me state that the United Nations Secretariat attaches great importance to be one of the co-sponsors of this conference. The values that the concept of Universal Design encapsulates, its potential contribution to social and economic development as well as the dimension of inclusiveness that it adds to it, have never been more relevant.

Some of you may have heard that the international community has begun to negotiate an international convention on the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

I would like to take the opportunity I have to address you today to share with you the vision and hope that drive this process and provide you with information about the process itself that, I believe, is relevant to your own work...

D21 Opening Address by Jim Sandhu

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Professor Jim S. Sandhu, Conference Co-Chair, was unable to attend. This talk was delivered by Deborah Lisi-Baker, Executive Director, Vermont Center for Independent Living, USA

It is my profoundest regret that I cannot be with you. My doctors have advised me that I should not travel. For a perpetual traveller from the age of five this injunction is a defining moment for me to face a new reality. Nevertheless, given the many friends who are attending the conference I shall be in Rio in spirit- with trumpets and trombones- egging you to come up with an agenda for the 21st Century.

For me Design for the 21st Century is about sustainability, social responsibility and civic rights. To put it bluntly, this conference is about designing for our future survival. Above all we have to recognize that we do not inherit the earth from our parents, but instead borrow it from our children.

How can design overcome poverty and environmental degradation? This is the starting point for the relatively recent but logical marriage of universal design and sustainability and the very real challenges this provides practitioners...

ASSETS 2005 - October 9 - 12, 2005

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ASSETS 2005 takes place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA October 9-12. The conference website is now up. Full details and the Call For Participation are online at:

The ASSETS series of conferences is aimed at providing a
technical forum for presenting and disseminating innovative
research results that address the use of computing and
information technologies to help persons with disabilities.

The conference program covers a multitude of topics
relevant to assistive technologies and universal
accessibility and is structured around technical papers,
poster sessions, demonstrations, panels, the doctoral
consortium, and a host of social events.

Transgenerational Housing

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Transgenerational Design Matters is a non-profit education and research organization, which advocates and advances the design of products and environments that accommodate the widest range of ages and abilities. See their site for exmples of the innovations in transgenerational housing that will increasing transform the travel and hospitality industry.

A Disability Policy Primer for Funders

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In the travel and hospitality field service is paramount. In order to provide quality service it is important to know what customers want and what they need.

Paradoxically, a misplaced certitude about your customer can be a major cause of difficulty. It is an obstacle to customer satisfaction. Quite simply it is prejudice.

European Concept for Accessibility

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This Website archives the presentation of ECA 2003.

From the site:

The fundamental basis of a European philosophy for accessibility is the recognition, acceptance and fostering - at all levels in society - of the rights of all human beings, including people with activity limitations ..... in an ensured context of high human health, safety, comfort and environmental protection. Accessibility - for all - is an essential attribute of a 'person-centred', sustainable built environment.