Useful Links

Useful resources for the Disability Sector:

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Agency understands that everyone’s needs, preferences and aspirations are different. We provide information and referrals, support to access community services and activities, personal plans and supports over a lifetime.

National Disability Services

NDS is the Australian peak body for non-government disability services

Useful resources on Universal Design:

The Center for Universal Design   (North Carolina State University, USA)

The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a US based information and research centre that develops, evaluates and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments and products.

Global Universal Design Commission Inc. (GUDC Inc.)

The Global Universal Design Commission Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation. It was established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services. GUDC is currently developing UD voluntary consensus standards for commercial buildings, which will expand access to buildings for all people, regardless of physical stature and varying abilities. The approved UD standards will guide corporations and government entities in the creation of barrier-free facilities, providing diverse users with access to commerce, public services, entertainment and employment opportunities.

IDeA Center – Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (University of Buffalo, USA)

The IDeA Center is dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population. The IDeA Center’s activities are based on the philosophy of Inclusive Design, often called ‘Universal Design’ or ‘Design for All’. It is a way of thinking that can be applied in any design activity, business practice, program or service involving interaction of people with the physical, social or virtual worlds.

Universal Design E World (UD E-World)

Part of the IDeA Center, UD E-World is a participatory environment with web based tools to support the interactive ‘community of practice’ in universal design.