Universal design

Universal design is a national strategy for making society accessible to all people. The Ministry of Children and Equality coordinates the Government's policy in this field.

Universal design – equality and social and economic sustainability

Universal design adds qualities to manmade structures that are positive for all inhabitants and for Norway as a society. A key goal is to prevent discrimination of persons with disabilities by increasing accessibility and supporting solutions that provide equal access to all. Universal design has a positive impact on social and economic sustainability.

The Government's work
The Government's work in this field complies with the sectorial responsibility principle. The Ministries incorporate universal design as a strategy and measure in their respective fields of interest. A number of directorates and state agencies work on universal design in their sectors. Acts, regulations and standards are important measures. Universal design is embedded in the legislation in key sectors. The responsibility for doing this and for taking action is placed with the various sectors.

The Ministry has the responsibility for the Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act which lays down provisions for universal design and accessibility. Funding of universal design measures follows the sector responsibility principle, and is mainly found in the general budgets of the various Ministries.

The Government's action plan for universal design and increased accessibility 2009-2013
The Ministry of Children and Equality coordinates the Government's action plan for universal design and increased accessibility 2009-2013. The plan's vision is that Norway will be a universally designed country within 2025. The action plan has almost 200 initiatives distributed between 15 Ministries. Several of the initiatives have established goals. The Government has given priority to focusing on outdoor areas and planning, buildings, transport and ICT. The initiatives must also have positive impact on participation in working life.