What is Universal Design

Universal design is a process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012).

8 Goals of Universal Design

Accommodate a wide a range of body sizes and abilities

Keep demands within desirable limits of body function

Ensure that critical information for use is perceived easily

Make methods of operation and use intuitive, clear, and unambiguous

Contribute to health promotion, avoidance of disease, and prevention of injury

Treat all groups with dignity and respect

Incorporate opportunities for choice and the expression of individual preferences

Respect and reinforce cultural values and the social and environmental context of any design project