IDEA Center at UB receives another 5-year cycle of national funding – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty and staff
By DAVID J. HILL
A quarter of a century. That’s how long a UB center that specializes in advancing universal design has been continuously funded.
The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, or IDEA Center, was just awarded another five-year, $4.6 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research for the center’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Physical Access and Transportation (RERC). The RERC is in partnership with the University Health Network in Toronto and the University of Michigan, among other stakeholders.
Over the past two-plus decades now, the IDEA Center — which is housed within the School of Architecture and Planning — has worked to advance the field of universal design. The center is a globally recognized leader in the field.
The center’s work has included developments to improve access to public transportation for people with disabilities, as well as a first-of-its-kind program,