Keynote speakers will cover topics such as the economics of inclusion, future transport, inclusive tourism, and house and home. These topics are accentuated by peer reviewed papers presented by advocates of universal design from across Australia and globally.
Universal Design is a process of thinking and designing inclusively, whether it is a house, website, product, service, or a learning program. Universal Design is itself explained in a diversity of ways across the world: “design-for-all” and “inclusive design” are other terms used. Designing universally means being inclusive of a diverse population.
Universal Design is an international movement recognised by the World Health Organisation, and the United Nations through the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. They both cite Universal Design as a way to create greater social and economic inclusion for everyone. Australian state and federal policy documents also recognise Universal Design as the way forward in the National Disability Strategy. With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and policy changes planned for older people, everyone needs to be ready to embrace the principles of universal design in their daily work.