Design Resources: Vision Aspects of Universal Design

This paper focusses on Universal Design which is a process that seeks to create products and environments that can be used equally effectively by everyone, including people with significant levels of disablement. Creating environments that are more “universal” requires a special understanding of the performance characteristics of those who are potentially marginalized by less inclusive design strategies.

Designers could begin to provide more inclusive solutions for these marginalized groups by anticipating their common functional impairments. A good example of a group that has often been overlooked by designers is people who are frail and elderly. UD design strategies have focused on this frail elderly population with respect to their use of mobility devices such as canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. There have been significant developments in the area of UD for physical disabilities. Less energy has been devoted to relevant aspects of sensory impairments that are also common within this target population. 

Date: 01/01/2010
Author: Graham Strong
Organization: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
Reference: http://udeworld.com/documents/designresources/pdfs/VisionAspectsofUniversalDesign.pdf
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Content type: Good practises
Tags: technology, design, disabilities, quality of life, quality improvement, universal, adults, best practices, low vision, senior generation
Categories: Overall support