About Universal Design

  • Universal design is a design process that is inclusive of a diverse population. The aim of universal design is to improve human performance, health and wellness, and social participation.

    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.

    Universal design is an international movement recognised by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations. The WHO Age Friendly Cities program and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability 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 for creating greater inclusion for everyone. 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.


    About the Conference

    Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is pleased to bring you the 2nd Australian Universal Design Conference. After the success of the inaugural conference in 2014, we have expanded our sights across the wider world of universal design. This conference comes with a promise to broaden delegates’ thinking about universal design and the many ways it can be utilised and applied. While the built environment remains a solid feature of the conference, we are able to offer a greater range of topics under this theme. New to this conference and adding diversity are: literacy and communication, clothing, design education, and interdisciplinary work. Presentations on policy and practice are once again featured.


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    Why Attend

    • Increase your knowledge in this expanding area of expertise
    • Help shape the future of universal design in Australia
    • Reflect on your own practice and research and learn from others
    • Make valuable connections
    • Discover the progress being made in Australia and overseas


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    Conference Accessibility

    The Universal Design Conference will have the following features to ensure inclusivity for all delegates.

    • Lift access to the conference room, and breakout sessions
    • Most sessions will feature live captioning
    • Auslan interpreter available on request (please select this option in your online registration)
    • Wheelchair accessible stage

    If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the experience, please let us know via email to melanie@intermedia.com.au.

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