As North America’s only conference focused on universal housing and neighborhoods, the Universal Design Summit 5 continues to provide exceptional content on universal design in housing, sustainable community design, and affordability to create living environments usable by all. In May, the conference will add significant content on remodeling, accessibility and commercial projects.
UDS5 responds to the growing need for information about the 21st century customer, home and neighborhood design issues. The current and future demographics of North America have produced a growing need for housing and communities that better support an individual’s day-to-day activities and are more accommodating as abilities change. The need is great and growing and the trends in home styles have not kept pace.
There are 125 million residential units in the United States right now. Perhaps 15 million of them have significant usability / accessibility features. There are 60 million people living in the United States with some type of disability, a population bubble of 77 million “baby boomers” moving into middle age, and a group of older adults whose numbers will double by 2030. No domain is more in need of universal design than housing and the communities of which they are a part.