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Universal design

This concept was born out of architecture and design, but has great potential to impact disability-related access.

Seven Principles of Universal Design

Equitable use

The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities

Flexibility in use

The design accommodates a wide range of preferences and abilities.

Simple and intuitive use

Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

Perceptible information

The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.

Tolerance for error

The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

Low physical effort

The design can be used efficiently and comfortable and with a minimum of fatigue.

Size and space for approach and use

Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user's body size, posture, or mobility.