There are over 500 voluntary solutions organized into nine chapters.
isud infographic: design process

Chapter Elements

  • Project Development Team
  • Universal Design education

isud infographic - Space-Clearance

Clearance Elements

  • Clear Floor Space
  • Turning Space
  • Knee and Toe Clearance
  • Reach Targets

isud infographic showing circulation spaces

Circulation Elements

  • Wayfinding
  • Signs
  • Circulation
  • Entrances and Exits
  • Emergency Exits and Areas of Rescue Assistance
  • Doors
  • Stairways
  • Ramps
  • Handrails
  • Elevators
  • Escalators
  • Moving Walkways

isud infographic - environmental

Environment Quality​ Elements

  • Illumination
  • Electric Lighting
  • Daylighting
  • Acoustics
  • Thermal Comfort
  • Indoor Air Quality

isud infographic - building site

Site Elements

  • Site Access Points
  • Site Design
  • Pedestrian Routes
  • Street Crossings
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Transit Stops
  • Parking
  • Passenger Loading and Waiting Areas

isud infographic - rooms and spaces

Chapter Elements

  • Spatial Organization
  • Toilet and Bathing Rooms
  • Changing Areas
  • Nursing Rooms
  • Waiting Areas
  • Office Spaces
  • Meeting Rooms and Classrooms
  • Public Assembly Spaces
  • Food Service Areas
  • Retail Spaces
  • Product Displays
  • Pricing and Product Information
  • Sleeping Rooms
  • Storage Spaces
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Play Areas
  • Pet and Service Animal Relief Areas
  • Exercise Spaces

isud infographic - Furnishings and Equipment

Furnishings & Equipment​ Elements

  • Seats
  • Tables
  • Furniture and Surfaces
  • Work Stations
  • Waste Receptacles
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Lockers
  • Transaction Machines
  • Telephones and Computers
  • Equipment
  • Vegetation

isud infographic - services

Service Elements

  • Customer
  • Purchasing
  • Child Care
  • Food
  • On-site

isud infographic - policies

Chapter Elements

  • Facility Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Employment

The solutions are based on years of extensive research and practice, and guided by the Goals of Universal Design (UD).

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

Each solution indicates the applicable Goals of Universal Design and building project phases (i.e., Initiate, Schematic Design, Design Development, Specifications, and Operations). Many of the solutions have supporting information including drawings, photographs, and best practices that provide easy references for designers. Design Resources summarize the state of knowledge in specific fields such as anthropometry of wheeled mobility, wayfinding technologies, etc.

The isUD currently focuses on design of public and commercial buildings and facilities.

Examples include: retail, dining, assembly, office,  educational, museums, civic, lodging and other public accommodations.

isUD recognition can be earned for new construction, additions, renovations, adaptive reuse projects as well.