What is Universal Design?

Source: The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD)

Author/Writer: Not listed

Date of publication: 2020


Universal design is creating an environment so it can be accessed, understood and used by all people regardless of age, size, ability, disability, etc. Environments should be designed to meet the needs of all people who wish to use it. Everyone benefits from universal design, not just those with disabilities who require accommodations.

The website also includes hyperlinks to additional articles for further learning about universal design, including, but not limited to, the seven principles of universal design, the history of universal design, the benefits of universal design, and case studies.

This resource provides a starting point for those seeking to learn about universal design and how to create an environment with universal design in mind. Universal design would not only create a more accessible environment for people with disabilities, but it would also remove the need for accommodations in some scenarios, as the workplace would already be accessible. This would reduce the stress and anxiety associated with working in an inaccessible workplace, asking for accommodations and providing appropriate accommodations.

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