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Jordana L. Maisel
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built
Environment (RERC-UD) State of the Science Conference explored the contributions of universal
design to the independence and participation of individuals throughout their lifespan. It reviewed the
latest research and practice of universal design in housing, work environment, and public spaces from
cold regions like Toronto, Canada to developing countries like Sri Lanka and Malaysia. After a number
of presentations on the latest research in universal design, a series of questions were posed to an
assembled group of leading experts and interested stakeholders. Utilizing prepared questions, facilitated
discussions identified and prioritized strategies, resources, and opportunities for applying evidencebased
practice within and across these various domains. The following reflects a summary of these
discussions. Understanding these issues and solving these questions remain critical to advancing the
field and ensuring the creation of a 21st century community that supports the needs and preferences of
an ageing and increasingly diversifying population.
IDeA Center, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA.