AODA Implementation

Trends in Universal Design

SPH believes that as a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors aim to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) - ideas, perspectives and practical experiences from around the world on the topic of universal design are important to provide. SPH hopes this information is beneficial for your organization.

The following is an abstract from the report "Trends in Universal Design", published by the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, The Delta Centre:

"In 2012 Norway hosted the largest conference on universal design held in Europe until then. The conference gathered researchers, students, users, planners, public officers and other practitioners from 44 countries. More than 150 different lectures were given.

The main topics that were presented at the conference were universal design in planning, legislation, politics, education, buildings, outdoor areas, information and communications technologies and public transport. Through participants’ evaluation, feedback from hosts, moderators and the conference reference group an editorial board selected the contributors for this publication. What are the trends of Universal Design from a European perspective? What is the status of Universal Design both conceptually and in practice – as seen from the lenses of UD2012Oslo? With this multidisciplinary anthology containing samples from around the globe, we have aimed to inspire both practitioners in the field as well as academic work on universal design."

A PDF version of the report is available on the Trends in Universal Design website.