ABOUT US 

The Ronald L. Mace Universal Design 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.

BETTER LIVING DESIGN INSTITUTE

The Institute's sister initiative, Better Living Design is changing the way homes and home products are designed, built and remodeled to better meet the needs of everyone at every life stage. 

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Oraganizations

ACCESSIBILITY CONSULTING

ABC's of Accessibility - www.visualizerset.com

Delivers proactive interior design consulting and educational services for consumers and professionals seeking information about accessible and universally designed environments.

GENERAL UNIVERSAL DESIGN

Global Universal Design Commission - www.globaluniversaldesign.com

The Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) is a not-for-profit corporation, was established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products, services.

Design For All Foundation - www.designforall.org

Design For All Foundation is a European-based group that promotes Universal Design with technical assistance, dissemination and education.

AGING

AARP - www.aarp.org/livable-communities

A clearinghouse of current information on healthy aging, healthy communities, the built environment and mobility issues with policies, practices and tools.

National Aging in Place Council - www.ageinplace.org

NAIPC is a consumer-oriented organization that is an information resource to assist older Americans remain active and healthy throughout their retirement years. They have established a network of professionals from the private, public and non-profit sectors who can help you plan for your future housing and care needs. Their web site provides ideas and information to help you accomplish whatever goals you may have.

North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition - sites.google.com/site/ncfallsprevention/home

NCFPC uses education and training to reduce the number of falls, falls-related injuries, and seriousness of injuries resulting from falls.

Second Journey - www.secondjourney.org

North Carolina Second Journey explores the wonderful possibilities in the second half of life.

HOMES

Better Living Design Institute - www.betterlivingdesign.org

The Better Living Design Institute™ (BLD™) promotes, educates and encourages wide adoption of Better Living Design™, the sensible design approach to improve how homes are built and remodeled in America. The BLD Institute™ has been informed and supported by over 30 other organizations, companies, universities and leaders in the universal design field.

Home Matters - www.homemattersamerica.com

A national movement designed to ensure that every American lives in a safe, nurturing environment with access to education, healthcare, public spaces and community services.

National Center for Healthy Housing - www.nchh.org

The National Center for Healthy Housing creates healthy and safe homes for children through practical and proven steps. The Coalition's mission is to implement the most promising and realistic recommendation for a National Healthy Housing Action Plan.

Lifetime Home Project - www.lifetimehome.us

The Lifetime Home Project promotes comfortable, safe, long-term living at home. It advances the understanding and use of:

  • Accessible and universal design techniques for home construction and remodeling

  • Innovative home telehealth products and practices flexible living options and local practices that promote them

Homes Renewed - www.homesrenewed.org

HomesRenewed™ is a coalition of stakeholders whose goal is to increase the number of American homes prepared for residents of the modern lifespan through privately funded and policy incentives. UDI supports the goal and hopes that working with incentives and innovative messaging will increase home updates and more appropriate new home construction activity.

ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION AND WORKPLACE

Starkloff Disability Institute - starkloff.org/s/

Committed to promoting the full participation of people with disabilities in American life for the benefit of general society, as well as for those who have disabilities.

New Voices Foundation - www.newvoicesnc.org

The New Voices Foundation is a short-term, intensive, individualized educational program for elementary-age children with physical and communicative disabilities. Inclusion in all aspects of school, home and community life with transition back to local school is our guiding philosophy.

PRODUCTS - UNIVERSAL AND ACCESSIBLE

Live Oak - liveoakmed.com

Live Oak Med provides innovative durable medical equipment and high-quality aids for the elderly and disabled. Live Oak Med intentionally selects products that help to increase daily independence while preserving peace of mind, safety, and value.

Better Living Design Awards - betterlivingdesign.org/awards

Offers two exemplary products that work well and look good.

UNIVERSAL HOMES AND COMMUNITIES 

Better Living Design Institute - betterlivingdesign.org

A sensible design approach to improve how homes are designed, built and remodeled in America. The BLD Institute™ promotes, educates and encourages wide adoption of Better Living Design™ practices.

Lifemark - www.lifemark.co.nz

New Zealand's Lifemark designation is a seal of approval whose goal is to foster and promote design standards that work for people right across life's ages and abilities - from young families to older and disabled people.

LOCAL/STATE

Professional Housing Rehabilitation Association of North Carolina (PHRANC) - www.phranc.us

PHRANC is a non-profit organization for those interested in improving housing conditions in North Carolina. Membership is made up of housing professionals who share in this goal andenjoy sharing their valuable experiences with others. PHRANC provides training and networking opportunities for those new to the field as well as the seasoned veteran. Training program topics are driven by the needs of the membership and by current U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiatives.

Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio - www.maxhousing.org

Through housing, advocacy, and education, Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio advances accessible and inclusive communities. The Anderson Center for Accessible Living provides training and information on accessible housing.

Aging Projects, Inc. of Western North Carolina  - www.AgingProjectsInc.org

Aging Projects, Inc., 501 (c) (3) nonprofit's, online resource directory is specially designed to help seniors, caregivers, providers and community organizations find the resources to assist seniors to age in place. It lists the most commonly needed services and products from providers whose services are available in a limited geographic area.

Pitt County Council on Aging of Eastern North Carolina  - www.pittcoa.com

Offers Home Safety Assessments, Balance and Falls Risk Screenings and recommendations to help individuals identify risk factors and learn fall prevention strategies, Home Accessibility Modifications (e.g. widening doorways, installing grab bars and stair rails), and A Matter of Balance evidence-based group classes to help individuals decrease the fear of falling, learn falls prevention strategies and exercises to help reduce falls risk.

Senior Information & Networking (SING-WF) of Central North Carolina - www.sing-wf.com

The mission as the Senior Information & Networking Group - Wake Forest (SING-WF) is to provide a comprehensive resource for non-profit and for-profit senior-focused organizations in the Town of Wake Forest. Our goals include education, outreach, coordination of services, public awareness, and political advocacy for the senior population.