ERASMUS+ KA203 2017 - TR01-KA203-046577 
Practicing Universal Design Principles in Design Education through a CAD-based Game 

‘’This project is granted by the European Commission for the Erasmus+ Program KA203 Programme conducted by the Center for European Union Education and Youth Programs (Turkish National Agency, of the Turkish Republic Ministry of European Union. However, the Turkish National Agency or the European Commission cannot be held responsible for the opinions contained herein.’’


Project Summary:

The project is related to one of the foremost priorities of European Commission: to provide the inclusion and efficient accessibility of the people with disabilities into everyday life. The ratio of people with disabilities who are at the risk of poverty or social exclusion is much higher than people without disabilities. Thus, European Commission encourages many organizations to work on the mentioned subject to raise awareness about universal design, accessibility and the rights of the people with disabilities.Design is one of the keys to prevent their isolation from the society and it is designer's duty to provide accessible environments for everyone. 

Since 80's architects and designers have been working on universal design principles. Unfortunately, it is still not a common topic in design world. Therefore, it is essential to embed and widen the awareness of universal design knowledge and provide the efficient education for the future designers to practice it in innovative ways. Regarding the European Universal Design Standards, and the current state of the universal design education in international networks, this project offers a design game on a CAD-Based platform which aims at students' learning and practicing their universal design knowledge skills through an empathetic approach. It intends Ito provide an innovative way to learn and practice universal design principles for undergraduate students. The project will deal with undergraduate design education to trigger the awareness of accessibility and let future designers and architects to develop accessible and innovative design ideas. 

PUDCAD involves a design game on a CAD-based platform which will allow students to learn about basic and advanced universal design principles and train them on an entertaining context. The game will focus especially on inclusive high school design for the students with cerebral palsy that includes several distinct forms of impairment of motor functions which cause different movement disorders. The major tasks of the project are described as in the following order: 

- Analyses and Documentation

- Pilot Research / In-site Observation

- Scrutinizing the Game Database

- Developing the Infrastructure

- Developing the Game and Its Supplementary Learning Materials

- Implementing the Game into Universal Design Curricula in International Education Networks

- Widening the Awareness of Universal Design and Creating Innovative Learning Environments