BBI Chairman Peter Blanck meets President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador

January 14, 2019

The scholar Peter Blanck meets with the President Lenin Moreno

The expert on disability issues will deliver a plaque to Quito

Translated from Diario Expreso

Peter Blanck is an honorary professor at the University of Ireland
Peter Blanck is an honorary professor at the University of Ireland

President Lenin Moreno today receives Peter Blanck, chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), at the Government Palace. The meeting will take place at 11:15.

Blanck is in the country at the invitation of the Metropolitan Public Enterprise of Tourist Destination Management, Quito Turismo. This company invited him to deliver a plaque certifying Quito's Metropolitan Convention Center as "the first building in Ecuador that meets the universal design standards for buildings for public use." This event will be held on January 17.

Blanck is also Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and President of Raising the Floor (RTF) and Honorary Professor of the Center for Disability, Law and Politics, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was a member of the Presidential Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, ex-trustee of Yai / National Institute for People with Disabilities, he adds. He is also the author of articles and books on disability laws and policies.

About the Burton Blatt Institute

BBI reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities, with offices in Syracuse, NY, New York City, Washington, D.C., Lexington, KY, and Atlanta, GA. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. For more information about BBI, visit:

About the Global Universal Design Commission

GUDC is a not-for-profit corporation established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services. GUDC is developing UD voluntary consensus standards for commercial and residential buildings, which will expand access to buildings for all people, regardless of physical stature and varying abilities. The approved UD standards will help guide corporations and government entities in the creation of barrier-free facilities, providing diverse users with access to commerce, public services, entertainment, housing, and employment opportunities. For more information about the GUDC, visit: