Many Europeans, especially people with disabilities, areunable to take part in important activities and aspects ofsociety in an equal manner, simply because policies, socie-ties and environments are not designed to meet their require-ments. Additionally, with the number of elderly peopleincreasing rapidly, future European societies face the chal-lenge of adequately addressing the particular requirementsof a growing number of people with disabilities. This reportconsequently invites member states to:
promote full participation in community life by ensuringaccess to and usability of all aspects of society, includ-ing the built environment, transport, products and goods,information, public services, education, employment andcare;
implement Universal Design as a strategy to ensure equaland democratic rights in society for all individuals, regard-less of age, abilities or cultural background, includingpersons with disabilities.
1.1. Deﬁnition of Universal Design/Design for All
Building upon the Tomar Resolution
adopted in 2001:• Universal Design is a strategy which aims to make the designand composition of different environments, products,
1. Council of Europe Resolution ResAP(2001)1 on the introduction of theprinciples of universal design into the curricula of all occupations workingon the built environment (“Tomar Resolution”).