Universal Design

The term "universal design" is often applied in different ways but broadly refers to the concept that ideally all design (products, technologies and the built environment) should serve the broadest range of people, regardless of levels of ability or mobility, age, gender or physical stature without the need for adaptation or specialized design. It is not a design style but rather an orientation to design, focusing on the end-user.

Universal Design: A Commitment to Accommodate All
More and more people want to live a happy, healthy life in the home that means something to them and their family. Universal design has the power to make life better for every client, no matter their stage of life. Download this article (PDF).

Universal Design: New Relevancy for the 21st Century
Universal design means finding opportunities for helping every client live better. Includes information on the seven principles of universal design and basic consideration s for incorporating universal design into projects. Download this section of ICON. (PDF)

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Designing for a Diverse Population
"Stop regarding universal design as a specialty practiced only by a few. Look at your own projects and the products you are currently using and see how they can benefit users of all ages and functional abilities," advises Shelley Siegel, FASID, founder of Accessible Interiors Network, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Find more information on how to incorporate universal design principles into your practice. [read more]

Universal Design Links
Selected Web links addressing various aspects of universal design. [read more]