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General Concepts, Universal Design Principles and Guidelines

Why Do It?

There are many reasons, both practical and economic, for creating a world we can all use. Here are a few papers which highlight key reasons:

Understanding the Population

People who could benefit from more universal designs include many both with and without disabilities. In some cases, people may experience difficulty in using products purely as a result of the environment or an unusual circumstance. Beneficiaries of universal design include:

In order to design for the general population, it is important to understand the diversity, problems, tools, and abilities of its members. To explore these for people with disabilities, we provide a section A Brief Introduction to Disabilities.

Universal Design Guidelines

The Process of Universal Design

Information on the process within corporations for encouraging and supporting universal design: