About RL Mace Universal Design Institute
The Ronald L. Mace Universal Design Institute (The Institute) is a non-profit organization based in North Carolina dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of accessible and universal design. The Institute's work manifests the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should and can be usable by everyone regardless of age, ability, or circumstance. The Institute advances the concept of universal design in all design disciplines, including housing, public-use buildings, outdoor and urban environments and related products.
performs design assistance and design development
applies research to generate design solutions appropriate for the widest diversity of users
evaluates existing products and buildings
collaborates with builders and manufacturers on the development of new design solutions
develops and distributes educational publications and instructional materials -- tools most useful for professionals wishing to practice universal design and to individuals and families needing to learn of options and opportunities
conducts training globally to increase knowledge of the application of universal design