Achieving Full Participation Through Universal Design

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Dublin, 1 October 2009. The Centre of Excellence in Universal Design, Dublin, invites you to the launch of the Council of Europe report “Achieving full participation through Universal Design”.

The Centre of Excellence in Universal Design, Dublin, invites you to the launch of the Council of Europe report “Achieving Full Participation Through Universal Design”.

Universal Design is a strategy for making environments, products, information and communiction technology and services accessible and usable by everyone – particularly people with disabilities, older people and people of different sizes.

The report outlines a European perspective on Universal Design, makes recommendations to governments on its implementation and provides examples of good practices from around Europe.

A panel of experts will discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing Universal Design in a range of projects and situations.

Date, Time and Location

Date: 9:30pm – 1:30pm. Thursday, 1st October, 2009.
Location: Main Conference Room, Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.

Agenda: (revised version: 15.9.2009)
Chairperson: John Bowman

09:15 –10:00am Welcome and opening
Minister John Gormley T.D. Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (TBC)
TBC, Chairperson, National Disability Authority
Angela Garabagiu, Council of Europe

10:00 - 10:45am “Achieving full participation through Universal Design”
Mr Jean-Marie Vanhove, Flemish Agency for Disabled People, former Chair of the Committee of Experts on Universal Design

10:45- 11.00am Coffee break
International Perspectives and Good Examples

11.00am – 1:00pm
Norway: Olav Rand Bringa, Consultant, The Ministry of Children and Equality, Norway
Germany: Dr. Christian Bühler, Professor for Rehabilitation Technology at the Faculty for Rehabilitation Science of the TU Dortmund University.
Ireland: Fionnuala Rogerson, Architect and director of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Work Programme on “Architecture for All”
Ger Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA.


Spaces for this event are strictly limited.
RSVP to Linda Rowan at, tel: +353 (0)1 608 0456 and include any dietary or access requirements.

This event is being held as part of Positive Ageing Week (Friday 25th September to Saturday 3rd October) and the UN International Day for Older Persons.

Hosted by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA, as part of Positive Ageing Week.

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