Category Archives: Housing

Advocate for ‘universal design’ urges developers to make apartments accessible for all


Jane Earl was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 26, a week before her wedding. “I will continue to get weaker, I am destined to be in a wheelchair,” she said. “How do I have the best quality of life from a wheelchair?” That question led her to a concept known as universal design, which aims to create accessible, welcoming spaces for all.

$1.15 million in tax breaks approved for hotel at Amherst’s Northtown Center


New Uniland Development Company hotel in Amherst, New York, will incorporate innovative solutions for Universal Design(isUD™). Supported by extensive evidence from research and practice, isUD™ includes both tried and true ideas and cutting-edge solutions for creating inclusive and healthy environments that make everyone feel welcome. isUD was developed by Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.