What is Universal Design in the Workplace?
The objective of Universal Design in the Workplace is to create flexible organizations as well as societies where everyone’s right to be included is respected. This requires workplace innovation.
The model is based on Universal Design as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but has developed into a broad approach to make sure that everyone's unique skills are valued.
Universal Design in the Workplace takes a holistic approach to working environment, working methods and recruitment
What is Lärandeforum UUA?
Lärandeforum UUA is a project co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). It is also a broad coalition: the Co-operative Employers’ Association, CSR Sweden, the Industrial and Metal Workers’ Union, the National Forum for Voluntary Organizations, Randstad Sweden, Swedavia Airports, the Swedish Association of Occupational Health and Safety, the Swedish Disability Rights Federation, the Union for Professionals, and Vasakronan. The project is being implementet by the Union for Professionals.
"UUA" in the acronym for "Unversell Utformning av Arbetsplatser", which is Swedish for for Universal Design in the Workplace.
What do you do?
- We give workhops and trainings (in Swedish) free of charge.
- We share good norms, new ways of work and do adocacy work for a more open working life.
- We promote research and transnational collaboration.
- We are building an organisation that will continue working after the project ends.
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This article discusses how an inclusive working life may be enforced by social innovations, in terms of new services, products, methods, organizations, etc. that aim for societal benefit and social change.