Universal Design/Accessibility Standards Resources
Information on universal design and accessibility standards for buildings, learning and more.
Universal design is the design of products and environments to be:
- Usable by all people,
- To the greatest extent possible,
- Without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
A need for individualized accommodations will always exist, however, it should be seen as a signpost that something in the environment is a barrier. To reduce this need, it is better to plan from the outset for a diverse population by implementing universal design changes within the society or environment -- addressing barriers through flexible and responsive policies, programming, coursework and settings.
Resources on Universal Design and Accessibility Standards
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111 USA
Tel: (202) 272-0080 or toll free: (800) 872-2253
TTY: (202) 272-0082 or toll free: (800) 993-2822
Fax: (202) 272-0081
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (see also this detailed email and telephone directory.)
The Access Board is an independent U.S. federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. t also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.
40 Harvard Mills Square, Suite 3
Wakefield, MA 01880-3233 USA
Tel: (781) 245-2212
CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning. Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative contributions to educational products, classroom practices, and policies.
378 Hayes Hall, School of Architecture and Planning
3435 Main Street
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214-3087 USA
Tel: (716) 829-3485, ext. 329
Fax: (716) 829-3861
TTY: (716) 829-3758
The IDeA Center practices human centered design through research, development, service, dissemination and educational activities. The primary goal of the Center is to produce knowledge and tools that will increase social participation of groups like people with disabilities and the older generation, who have been marginalized by traditional design practices. The Center’s development activities include architectural design, product development, information technology resources and organizational development activities.
College of Design
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8613
Raleigh, NC 27695-8613 USA
Info Line: (800) 647-6777
Tel/TTY: (919) 515-3082
Fax: (919) 515-8951
The Center for Universal Design is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products. The CUD website includes links to publications and resources on universal design principles, accessible housing, home modifications and residential remodeling, and more.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195 USA
The Center for Universal Design in Education (CUDE) develops and collects Web-based resources to help educators apply universal design to all aspects of the educational experience: instruction; student services, information technology, and physical spaces.
Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE)
70 South Lambeth Road
London SW8 1RL UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: (44) 020 7840-0125
Fax: (44) 020 7840-5811
Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) provides access consultancy and access auditing services, and training in access and inclusive design. CAE publishes a comprehensive range of user-friendly design guides for access professionals, as well as Access by Design, a quarterly journal featuring design sheets, building studies, updates on legislation and case law, reports on current research and book reviews.
EIDD - Design for All Europe is a European network, founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1993 as the European Institute for Design and Disability. The original aim of the network, to use design to achieve the inclusion of people with disabilities in society in European countries, has since been reinforced with inclusion of a more mainstream approach, enhancing the quality of life through Design for All. The name change in 2006 reflects this development. EIDD - Design for All Europe is the joint European platform for social planners, architects, designers and others who believe in the potentials of their professions to play a vital role in the necessary transformation of our societies into more cohesive, innovative and sustainable ones. Visit Links for contact information for each of EIDD – Design for All Europe’s member organizations in 22 European countries.
Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD)
200 Portland Street, Suite 1
Boston, MA 02114 USA
Tel: (617) 695-1225 (voice/TTY)
Fax: (617) 482-8099
The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), founded in Boston in 1978 as Adaptive Environments, is an international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. IHCD’s work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design. See Resources for links to IHCD publications and publications on a broad range of topics related universal design.
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) works with organizations around the world to develop strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. WAI develops its work through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s consensus-based process involving different stakeholders in Web accessibility. These include industry, disability organizations, government, accessibility research organizations, and more. WAI, in partnership with organizations around the world, pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary activities:
- Ensuring that core technologies of the Web support accessibility
- Developing guidelines for Web content, user agents, and authoring tools
- Facilitating development of evaluation and repair tools for accessibility
- Conducting education and outreach
- Coordinating with research and development that can affect future accessibility of the Web
Learn about other resources on our Website Accessibility Resources tipsheet.
This publication looks at the way in which pressure for accessible building design is influencing the policies and practices of property companies and professionals, with a primary focus on commercial developments in the United Kingdom. The book also provides comments on, and references to, other countries, particularly the United States, Sweden and New Zealand.
This is a publication with the approval of the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Committee for the Disabled. The manual addresses urban and architectural design considerations for Beirut, and it may be useful for similar cities and countries.
A Parent Guide to Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a concept that, if embraced by the field of education, can dramatically change the school experiences and success of students with Learning Disabilities. The application of UDL principles in the development of curriculum and assessments can shift the focus from a “student deficit” approach to a “student success” approach.
For more publications, search for Universal Design at Google Books or other online search engines
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