info-circledUniversal design is a process of eliminating barriers and making things easy to use – for everyone. It is the best approach to designing places, products, & programs that are accessible and user-friendly for all ages and abilities.

The idea of universal design often gets confused with what the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is all about – ONLY accommodating people with disabilities.

Universal design is about the natural integration of accessible characteristics into the design of places, products, and programs to make things user-friendly, or “welcoming” for the greatest number of people.

Universal design isn’t something we came up with on our own. However, it’s a growing trend around the world! Universal design grew from the priorities of human-centered design and social goals of civil rights movements, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s. These ideas included: affordable housing, urban revitalization, mental health, aging, and early childhood education (Steinfeld & Maisel, 2012).
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