Published October 12, 2015
The School of Architecture and Planning's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) has received a fourth round of federal funding to continue its work on a wide range of universal design projects.
Universal design strives to improve usability, health and social participation, while accommodating the diversity of abilities and needs in the population. The grant continues a streak of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) funding previously awarded to the IDeA Center that began in 1999.
The five-year, $4.6 million grant took effect Sept. 30 and was awarded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (#90RE5005-01-00).
The effort will also help increase the pool of professionals who practice universal design, with research dollars supporting advanced graduate assistantships and continuing education, as well as outreach to community members and other key stakeholder groups at the local, regional, and international levels.
The IDeA Center works closely with researchers in the School of Public Health and Health Professions and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB. In addition to its work on universal design, the IDeA Center is also collaborating with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University on a second five-year RERC cycle to advance public transportation for people with disabilities.