“Universal Design is a framework for the design of places, things, information, communication and policy to be usable by the widest range of people operating in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. Most simply, Universal Design is human-centered design of everything with everyone in mind.

Universal Design is also called Inclusive Design, Design-for-All and Lifespan Design. It is not a design style but an orientation to any design process that starts with a responsibility to the experience of the user. It has a parallel in the green design movement that also offers a framework for design problem-solving based on the core value of environmental responsibility. Universal Design and green design are comfortably two sides of the same coin but at different evolutionary stages. Green design focuses on environmental sustainability; Universal Design on social sustainability”.–Institute for Human Centered Design.

For more information:

The Center for Universal Design–a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products located at NC State.  Here you can get more information about the 7 principles of Universal Design.

Universal Designers & Consultants–is a world leading team of experts providing Universal Design and Accessible Design consulting services

IDEA Center at Buffalo —is dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population is located at Buffalo University.

Institute for Human Centered Design–The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is an international education and design non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages, abilities and cultures through excellence in design.

Trace Center–Their mission is to prevent the barriers and capitalize on the opportunities presented by current and emerging information and telecommunication technologies, in order to create a world that is as accessible and usable as possible for as many people as possible. Located at University of Wisconsin.

 

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