On the 2nd of December 2020, the Universal Design Initiative for Africans (UDIA) held its first Stakeholder Session.

The UDIA Stakeholder Series is an advocacy and education effort designed to ignite thoughts on how to promote the practice of Universal Design in Nigeria. Universal Design is a design process that takes human diversity into consideration and seeks to produce spaces, buildings, products or services that are usable by a wide range of persons regardless of their age, size, gender or ability.

The session focused on the role of designers in inclusion – how designers can ensure that equity for individuals with or without disability is woven into the design process was  a highly informative discussion.

The session was facilitated by Ahmed El-Rida, Member of the International Union of Architects ‘Accessibility for ALL’ working group & Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, Institute for Human- Centered Design, Boston.