The 5 best “good practices” on accessible designby Ivano Abbadessa - 2015.03.25
The International Design For All Foundation Award recognises achievements in the field of design for all by governments, businesses, nonprofit organisations and professionals from all over the world. With the aim to demonstrate that the implementation of design for all/universal design in any form contributes to boost the quality of life for everyone. This year 5 organisations were awarded the 2015 trophy, at Paris’s annual accessibility and design fair, Urbaccess. A total of 43 projects from 15 different countries were assessed in terms of their relevance, methodology, outputs, impact and innovation by an international jury, and ultimately 5 winners were selected:
• Seniori365, the Finnish online platform for senior citizens and their caregivers.
• Extegoki, a facility comprising 32 assisted apartments for persons with physical disabilities, managed by FEKOOR, Spain’s Coordinating Federation for Persons with Physical and Organic Disabilities of Bizkaia.
• Habitat For All, a French regional collective study on adapted collective housing.
• Sensory Objects, a UK project that develops interactive sensory objects for people with learning disabilities, to be used in museum/heritage sites in order to help make exhibits more exciting and appealing to people with learning disabilities.
• Ecuador’s SETEDIS, an organization who’s work in the field of universal access has led improvements in accessibility of public schools, and the creation of a free governmental service advising public and private entities in the development and implementation of their own ‘accessibility plans.
The door is already open to submit new entries for the Design for All Foundation Awards 2016. Candidates will be informed whether their project has been selected as a Good Practice within 30 days of submission.
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