CAE pioneered the provision of access guidance for building designers based on collaborative research with disabled people and this remains core to our activities and services.

As a leader in developing the case for designing for disabled people in the context of mainstream inclusive design, our research projects and partnerships in the UK and overseas keep us at the forefront of user-led intelligence and inform all our work and services.

Our projects below  are a few of our research work past and present.


22 Sep 2016 | Tourism; Training projects

Visits4u is a project to develop and deliver inclusive tourism training and capacity build across seven European partners aiming to improve user experience and sustain inclusive design in tourism beyond the initial scope of this project.

Universal Design: Barrier-free Environments

5 May 2015 | CAE archive

CAE is proud to be part of the Universal design: Barrier-free Environments Grundtvig Partnership supported by the European Commission. The aim of the partnership is to exchange information and create and compile access and best practice resources to promote universal design.

Sensory access in higher education

5 May 2015 | CAE archive

This research project resulted in guidance developed in response to evidence from research into the experience of disabled students, commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) during 2008.

Training Tools for Accessible Towns (TTAT)

15 Apr 2015 | CAE archive

This was CAE’s first European Commission supported project in collaboration with partner organisations from France, Italy, Romania and Greece.The project developed training tools for planners, access consultants, architects and construction professionals.