COUNCIL OF EUROPE adopts resolution on Universal Design

On the 12th of December 2007 a resolution on Universal Design was adopted by the Council of Europe. EDF was represented in the working group drafting the resolution throughout the negotiations.

The resolution explicitly recognizes that persons with disabilities should be enabled to have as much personal autonomy and independence as possible, so that they can play a full role in society and take part in economic, social, cultural, leisure and recreational activities and therefore mainstreaming, Design for All and user involvement, should be guiding principles in all the public authorities' policy areas.

The resolution is also providing a checklist which can help determining whether products, general services, systems respect the principles of universal design.

The full resolution is available here.