Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. An environment (or any building, product, or service in that environment) should be designed to meet the needs of all people who wish to use it. This is not a special requirement, for the benefit of only a minority of the population. It is a fundamental condition of good design. If an environment is accessible, usable, convenient and a pleasure to use, everyone benefits. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all throughout the design process, universal design creates products, services and environments that meet peoples' needs. Simply put, universal design is good design.

- Statement from the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design.

Universal design

The moral copyright of all texts and images on this website remains with the individual photographers. The relevant licenses for use are displayed at the end of each story. 

Typefaces used are Museo, Avenir Light and Verdana. 

We have endeavoured to curate our online project based on the guidelines produced by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) established by the National Disability Authority in January 2007 under the Disability Act 2005.

About us

Our aim in curating this online project has been to make undergraduate research in education more available and accessible to the wider public. We are Claire Behan, Jamie Brady, Susanne Dillon, Róisín Duff, Georgina Havlin, Billie Johnson, Ciára McEntee, Brian Malone, Wanderley Massafelli, Manuela Mentel, Martin O’Neill, Max Ott, Billy Redmond and Deirdre Wray, currently studying photography at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Also, Madison Koehler, studying graphic design, who joined us from Columbia College Chicago this semester as part of her studies abroad. The website was launched on 27 April 2017 at The Library Project, Dublin.


In addition to the individual acknowledgements with each of our stories, we want to thank tutors Valerie Connor, module leader in Curating Photography, Ann Curran and Anthony Haughey, module leaders in Photography as Expanded Media, and Kate O'Brien, Photography Technician, School of Media, Grangegorman, Dublin Institute of Technology. Our thanks also to The Library Project and PhotoIreland Foundation for connecting us with their networks and supporting our launch event. Finally, without the involvement of the IHREC, the original research that underpins this curatorial project would not have been developed.

Except where otherwise stated, this site and metadata is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Ireland Licence 


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