UD refers to a design practice aimed at creating something everyone can use equally. It applies to web design, education and much more but in this case, we’re talking about built environments. That means planning ahead to create a space that all people, regardless of ability, can access AND fully participate in.
Global Universal Design Commission
Increasing usability, safety, health, and social participation through design*
GUDC in Action
"I think of universal design as a philosophy," Ms. Harbour says. "There isn’t a list of things you have to do. You just need to think about what’s really essential in your course — and then the rest is all up for discussion."
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'Universal design is design for human diversity' Universal design is a still a relatively new concept in Denmark, which gives the opportunity for discussion about values, equality and quality for all in the built environment. Universal design is often understood as the same as handicap accessibility, but it's far from it.
Adults with autism soon will be able to move into new apartments where they can live independently, and where half of their neighbors will be people who do not have autism. “Most housing for people with autism is just for people with autism,” said Elliot Frank, president and founder of Autism Housing Development Corp. of Pittsburgh. “Inclusiveness is what makes this different.”
Some people may be living in homes that do not meet their needs. Home features like stairs and narrow doorways make homes less accessible for mobility aid users. Living in an inaccessible home can make it harder for people with mobility disabilities to live, work, and participate in their communities.