From the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD), updated June 3, 2019:
Aims and Objectives
The IAUD International Design Awards were established in 2010 in order to promote and champion Universal Design by recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements and in particular products, services and environments that ensure people of all ages and abilities can enjoy an active, independent and productive life, regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, ability, customs, or other factors.
The goal of IAUD and the Awards program is to foster social structures that are sustainable and universal, favour diversity and inclusion, ensure safety and promote human rights and responsibilities, encourage dialogue, collaboration and co-operation, and ensure the passing-on of appropriate knowledge and skills from one generation to the next.
All corporations, organizations, individuals and groups, inside and outside Japan, engaged in innovative UD activities and proposals for achieving a sustainable, harmonious society through the promotion of new and improved concepts in town development, products, and systems are eligible to apply. Specific businesses, teams and other sub-units of corporations and organizations are also eligible. As long as the work or the example of an activity is the applicant’s own, it does not matter if it has already been published or presented elsewhere.
Application period for 1st round: Beginning of June to July 31, 2019
Selection period of 1st round: August 1 to August 8, 2019
Notification of selection results: Middle of August, 2019
Application period for 2nd round: August 16 to October 15, 2019
Selection period of 2nd round: October 16 to October 31, 2019
Notification of final results: Beginning of November, 2019 *The award winners only