IAUD 5th Medium-Term Activity Plan

1. Basic Matters

(1) IAUD Principles

Through the realization of further dissemination of universal design (UD), we will contribute to the sound development of society and aim for a society where all people can live in peace by communicating widely to the world about UD originate in Japan.

(2) IAUD Vision

We aim to create a society where as many people as possible can live in comfort with ease and free of any sense of inconvenience due to differences in ethnicity, culture, customs, nationality, gender, age or ability. To achieve this, IAUD will promote activities from the following three perspectives.

  1. Establishment of a UD foundation for society as a whole
  2. Provision of UD products and services by companies and organizations
  3. Fostering the development of a UD climate for all people

2. The 5th IAUD Medium-Term Activity Plan

This 5th IAUD Medium-Term Activity Plan (April 2019 - March 2023) is an activity agenda for the next four years that aims for further growth and development in light of achievement of the 4th IAUD Medium-Term Activity Plan drafted in FY2014. In order to decide on a roadmap for Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the UN to be implemented and a new landmark after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, IAUD will further increase our presence as we continue to endeavor to make UD more widely known in Japan and overseas and achieve the goals of UD as an organization that aims “to create safe and secure social environment in which the characteristics of each person are respected.” Therefore, we believe greater efforts and attainments are expected of us during this period.

(1) Review of the 4th IAUD Medium-Term Activity Plan

To draft the IAUD 5th Medium-Term Activity Plan, we assessed the achievement of the 4th IAUD Medium-term Activity Plan (April 2016 – March 2019). Results of this assessment are as follows:

  1. Establishment of a UD foundation in society as a whole: Through interactions related to international UD conferences, we believe we have been able to deepen our relationship with central government and local governments. After Toshiaki Endo, appointed Olympics minister in June 2015, said at a press conference during his appointment that “A Universal Design society will remain as a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” other ministries have been gradually expressing the words “Universal Design” in policies. Although the position of Olympics minister would later be held by Tamayo Marukawa, Shunichi Suzuki, and Yoshitaka Sakurada, each stated at the time of their appointment that “A Universal Design society will remain as a legacy…” In the welcome speech given during the opening ceremony of the International Universal Design Conference held in Nagoya in 2016, Prime Minister Abe stated, “Not only the competition facilities but also the surrounding roads and stations will be all developed through Universal Design.” In addition, since the Universal Society Realization Promotion Act was enacted in December 2018, we believe that UD infrastructure development is steadily progressing.
  2. Provision of UD products and services by companies and organizations: Many tangible results in development are being achieved particularly in manufacturing industries that produce electrical devices, cars, equipment for home use, etc. with the quality of these products improving year by year. It is thought that bestowals of the IAUD International Design Award (formerly known as the IAUD Award) have greatly contributed to this, and the concept of Universal Design is also being spread from large companies to small and medium sized companies and also to tertiary industries such as the service, financial, and insurance industries.
  3. Fostering a UD climate for people in general: With the enactment of the Universal Society Realization Promotion Act, we can say that people in general are gradually developing an understanding of the concept and importance of UD. In the world of letters (typeface, fonts) to which people are closely connected, the use of fonts that are easy to understand intuitively such as MORISAWA BIZ+ which received an IAUD Award 2017 silver award are on the increase, and boards of education that have decided to introduce Morisawa’s UD Digital Kyokasho-tai are also increasing in number. As a result, we believe that their use will eventually spread to elementary schools and junior high schools across Japan.

(2) Activity Principle - Plan for New Growth in IAUD

Following on with our efforts in the 5th IAUD Medium-Term Activity Plan, we have formulated the following activity agenda as a plan for new growth for realizing the IAUD principles and visions, bearing in mind the achievement of the 4th IAUD Medium-Term Activity Plan.

  1. We will actively promote initiatives that will take UD from the “research” and “dissemination” stage to the “realization” stage. We will do this not only through initiatives in UD products and services but also through research themes and dissemination activities for establishing social systems and a UD foundation that transcends industrial sectors and, based on these initiatives, we will make specific proposals to and cooperate with foreign governments, central government, and local governments.
  2. Bearing in mind our experience and achievements in holding the International Conference 7 times, we will position the International Conferences as our main projects and aim to hold a conference every fiscal years as an activity for dissemination and communicating the achievements of UD activities in Japan and other countries. At the same time, we will continue to foster voluntary activities in areas such as certifications, awards and workshops. As we engage in these activities, we will operate and develop as a general foundation for the time being to establish a solid financial base.

(3) Action Plan

In regard to the 5th Medium-Term Activity Plan, based on the achievement status of the 4th Medium-Term Activity Plan, we have continued to formulate the following action plans as new growth plans to achieve IAUD principles and vision.

  1. Basic Activities
    • Research and development: Promote UD project research through cooperation with external organizations and specialists
    • Dissemination of activity results: Improve official website, expand public relations by utilizing all kinds of media
    • Development of volunteer activities: Develop projects and increase recognition of IAUD such as the 48-hour Design Marathon, the IAUD International Design Award, UD facility certification, UD Certification, etc.
  2. Priority Activities
    • International UD Conferences: As a core business of IAUD, we will hold as many conferences as possible every year, whether held domestic or overseas. Regardless of the format of the “international conference,” it will be developed in accordance with the time and occasion, such as only holding a symposium/seminar or an exhibition.
      We will consider holding the events in overseas countries including rapidly developing countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and in EU countries headed to become super-aged societies.
      We will consider holding domestic-based events in major cities including Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, and Sapporo, and municipalities of regional cities which are passionate about attracting/holding international UD conferences.
  3. Reinforcement Activities
    • International cooperation: Strengthen cooperation with overseas UD educational and research organizations/associations, and UN agencies.
    • Domestic cooperation: Increase cooperation with government agencies, local governments, educational and research institutions, academic societies, professional associations, associations for the disabled, NPOs, etc.
    • Operating System: Establish a solid organizational framework as a general foundation

* Universal design (UD) is designing a life environment, architecture, equipment, systems and services with the intention from the outset of making them accessible to as many people as possible. At IAUD, we take this one step further. We believe that the essence of universal design is "to create safe and secure social environment in which the characteristics of each person are respected."

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