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Call for entries to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013
Photo of the awards trophy, three hands made out of metal in a wooden base We are delighted to announce that entries are now being accepted to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013. The deadline for submitting entries is 17 February 2013. The main aim of the awards is to recognise the efforts of private companies, not-for-profit organisations and public bodies across the world to promote equal participation by all in the construction of society
Publication date: 12-12-2012.Read more: Call for entries to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013
African Design for All Network launched
ADEAN logo: silhouette of Africa overlapped by two circles with African Design for All Network written above and ADEAN written below The new African Design for All Network (ADEAN) was inspired by the discovery of the Design for All Foundation aand of the universal, humanitarian ideology which Design for All puts into practice. The network aims to contribute to the construction of a new African society which advocates equality of opportunity in economic life and in social, cultural and leisure activities for everyone, no matter what their age, social origin, physical or mental characteristics
Publication date: 03-12-2012.Read more: African Design for All Network launched
Eastbourne Designed for All launched
On Oct 15th a new campaign, Eastbourne Designed for All was launched to promote Inclusive Design among the businesses of the town. We hope that Eastbourne may become England's Town Designed for All...
Publication date: 14-11-2012.Read more: Eastbourne Designed for All launched
The French city Toulouse joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Toulouse City Council logo "Mairie de Toulouse" Toulouse, France's fourth largest city, has joined the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”. In accordance with its commitment to the principle of accessibility of everything by everyone, the city works to implement accessibility improvements to public buildings and the public realm
Publication date: 12-11-2012.Read more: The French city Toulouse joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Launch of the Global Commitment towards a Society for All at the Fourth International Conference for Universal Design
Photo of four of the founding partners, Francesc Aragall holding a microphone, sitting in front of a screen with English and Japanese text Organised by the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD), the Fourth International Conference for Universal Design, which took place from 12-14 October in Fukuoka, brought together 11,400 participants interested in Universal Design from 22 countries
Publication date: 06-11-2012.Read more: Launch of the Global Commitment towards a Society for All at the Fourth International Conference for Universal Design
Inclusite awarded sixth Vodafone Award for Innovation in Telecommunications
Inclusite logo In July 2012 Inclusite, a project from the Spanish information and communication technology (ICT) company CSD was awarded the Vodafone Award in the ICT innovation category. The objective of the awards, presented by Fundación Vodafone España...
Publication date: 27-10-2012.Read more: Inclusite awarded sixth Vodafone Award for Innovation in Telecommunications
Avanti-Avanti joins the Network for Excellence: "Towns and Cities for All"
Photo of a hand holding a business card with the words "Avanti-Avanti Studio Design for All" and braille text The creative studio Avanti-Avanti, based in Barcelona and specialising in accessibility and Design for All, has joined the Network for Excellence: Towns and Cities for All. Avanti-Avanti develops strategies, identities, brand voices, catalogues, publicity materials and displays for museums and exhibitions
Publication date: 27-10-2012.Read more: Avanti-Avanti joins the Network for Excellence: "Towns and Cities for All"
Toyota develops independent home-living assistance robot prototype
Digital image of the robot prototype in various positions Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed an independent home-living assistance robot prototype which aims to support people with reduced mobility to undertake daily activities and live independently. According to the Japanese vehicle...
Publication date: 18-10-2012.Read more: Toyota develops independent home-living assistance robot prototype
BCN Design Week: Design and active ageing seminar
DAA Design for Active Ageing logo From: 01-10-2012
to: 01-10-2012
Place: Aula Europa, Passeig de Gracia, 90, 08008 Barcelona

Read more: BCN Design Week: Design and active ageing seminar
Askersund Council awarded its fifth “Flag of Towns and Cities for All”
Photo of Per Eriksson and Francesc Aragall holding the flag On 7 September 2012, the town of Askersund in Sweden was awarded the “Flag of Towns and Cities for All” for the fifth consecutive year, thereby becoming the first municipality at the international level to have been awarded the Flag every year since its inception
Publication date: 12-12-2012.Read more: Askersund Council awarded its fifth “Flag of Towns and Cities for All”
Architect Beth Galí brings a lawsuit against the state of Qatar for counterfeiting her streetlight design
Photo showing the replica streetlights along Al Waab Street in Doha" title="The streetlights along Al Waab Street, Doha On 29 June, the Catalan architect, planner and designer Beth Galí instigated legal proceedings against the state of Qatar for counterfeiting almost 1,000 streetlights and breaching her intellectual property rights. BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny (Barcelona Design Centre) and design agency Santa & Cole, along with the Design for All Foundation and other key figures in the business, design and architectural sectors in Barcelona, have backed Beth Galí in bringing this initial lawsuit
Publication date: 26-07-2012.Read more: Architect Beth Galí brings a lawsuit against the state of Qatar for counterfeiting her streetlight design
Confortel Hoteles awarded AENOR Universal Accessibility certification for all its hotels
Photo showing the exterior of a Confortel Hoteles hotel On 17 May 2012, the Spanish hotel chain Confortel Hoteles, offered by Corporación Empresarial ONCE (CEOSA), the business arm of disabled people’s organisation ONCE, became the first to obtain the Universal Accessibility Certificate from the Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación (AENOR) (Spanish Standadisation and Certification Association) for each of its hotels
Publication date: 20-07-2012.Read more: Confortel Hoteles awarded AENOR Universal Accessibility certification for all its hotels
The Associació Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya (MMACA) joins the Network for Excellence: "Towns and Cities for All"
hoto of children playing with a ball made up of different-coloured pentagon shapes as part of a MMACA exhibition The aim of the Associació Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya (Mathematics Museum of Catalonia Association) is to obtain a museum space dedicated to mathematics and to be a key means of disseminating human, story-rich, exciting, widely applicable and functional mathematics
Publication date: 20-07-2012.Read more: The Associació Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya (MMACA) joins the Network for Excellence: "Towns and Cities for All"
ELISAVA signs a collaboration agreeement with the Design for All Foundation and joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Photo of the Santiago Albert, Manager of ELISAVA and Francesc Aragall, President of the Design for All Foundation shaking hands On 3 July, the Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona (ELISAVA), (Barcelona School of Design and Engineering) signed a collaboration agreement with the Design for All Foundation with the aim of widening the Design for All knowledge base, promoting and disseminating it in the field of education, professional development and research
Publication date: 20-07-2012.Read more: ELISAVA signs a collaboration agreeement with the Design for All Foundation and joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona launches OnTheBus, an Android application to help people get around cities
Photo of a man with a white cane and sunglasses holding a smartphone at a bus stop A team of researchers of the School of Engineering at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) (Autonomous University of Barcelona) have developed a GPS wayfinding application for mobile phones with Android systems which helps users get around cities
Publication date: 20-07-2012.Read more: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona launches OnTheBus, an Android application to help people get around cities
Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business
Image of the front cover of the publication, featuring photographs of many different people's faces, the book title and the author names “Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business”, written by Francesc Aragall and Jordi Montaña and published by Gower, provides an innovative method to support businesses wishing to increase the number of satisfied users and clients and enhance their reputation by adapting their products and services to the diversity of their actual and potential customers, taking into account their needs, wishes and expectations
Publication date: 03-08-2014.Read more: Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business
Urbaccess joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Photograph of Urbaccess' Albert Rey and Jean-Marc Maillez-Contoz with Design for All Foundation President Francesc Aragall Urbaccess, the European exhibition on accessibility and universal design, has become a member of the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”. Urbaccess offers an opportunity for French and European companies which specialise in accessibility, as well as associations and public-sector organisations, to share solutions, knowledge and examples of good practice
Publication date: 26-06-2012.Read more: Urbaccess joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Japan mourns Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, cousin of the Emperor of Japan and IAUD patron
Photo of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa The Japanese Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, cousin of Emperor Akihito, sadly died on 6 June at the age of 66 of multiple organ failure. Known in Japan as the “Bearded Prince” thanks to his beard, Tomohito was the son of Prince Mikasa and Princess Yuriko, and was sixth in line of succession to the Japanese throne
Publication date: 15-06-2012.Read more: Japan mourns Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, cousin of the Emperor of Japan and IAUD patron
ENAT requests feedback on draft plan for CEN Workshop Agreement: “Guidelines for Universal Design of Tourism Services”
Image of the ENAT logo The European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) has created a Draft Business Plan for a European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Workshop Agreement on “Guidelines for Universal Design of Tourism Services”. The aim of the guidelines is to enable tourism operators, agents and suppliers to make their services inclusive and accessible to all users, including disabled and older people and others with specific access requirements
Publication date: 24-05-2012.Read more: ENAT requests feedback on draft plan for CEN Workshop Agreement: “Guidelines for Universal Design of Tourism Services”
Marketplace for Innovative Ideas launched as part of European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
Photograph of older people using computers while wearing headsets The pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing aims to increase the average healthy lifespan in the European Union by two years by 2020. As part of the Partnership, an interactive platform named the Marketplace for Innovative Ideas has been launched, with the aim of helping stakeholders to work together and develop innovative ideas
Publication date: 16-05-2012.Read more: Marketplace for Innovative Ideas launched as part of European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
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