Friday, August 22, 2014

AD- Let's be more appreciative of Universal Design.

Now, let’s all be honest and ask ourselves. Who actually spares a thought for the physically handicapped? In fact, not many of us do. Most of us are blinded by the mobility we enjoy and accessibility isn’t something we fully appreciate. But, to the physically handicapped, the aged and many others, accessibility is something really important. Seemingly minor design features such as railings, ramps and even accessible toilets can make a difference in their lives.

I’d like to share a personal story of my own. Recently, my elder brother got into an accident and he was on crutches for two months. It wasn’t easy for him to move around at the start as his movements were restricted. He had to depend on lifts to move between floors, and sometimes in worst case scenarios where he had to take the stairs, he’d have to depend on the railings to support himself.

Honestly, it was only after having seen someone so close and dear to me experience such difficulty in moving around did I realize that there really was a need for more Universal Design. My brother’s accident was somehow an eye-opener for me to be more appreciative of Universal Design.

In case you guys are wondering what Universal Design is, take a look at the pictures below! Some of the Universal Design features can already be found in our daily life!

In short, Universal Design (UD) is design for everyone. It is important to educate ourselves and also to learn more about how we're able to improve the lives of others through incorporating UD in our lives and raising awareness for it.

Now, there’s an opportunity for us to do this and start doing our part to contribute to society!

The Building and Construction Authority would like to drive home the importance of Universal Design and has come up with a short film competition to drive awareness for UD. If you are between 16 and 25 years old and are studying in an educational institution in Singapore, join this competition and do your part in spreading awareness!

All you have to do is to create a short film about Universal Design, and you stand a chance to win cash prizes of up to $5,000!

You can visit for more information. Submission of contest entries has already started and will continue through till 30 September 2014, so put on your thinking cap and start scripting now!

Show support for the cause by liking them on Facebook!

And if you're interested to learn more about Universal Design, you can also check out BCA's Friendly Portal!

Now, good luck and spread the word! :)

Lydia Izzati

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