Definition

Universal design is an approach to design that honours human diversity. It addresses the right for everyone – from childhood into their oldest years – to use all spaces, products and information, in an independent, inclusive and equal way. It is a process that invites designers to go beyond compliance with access codes, to create excellent, people centred design.
(Elaine Ostroff)
Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size or disability
(Disability Act, 2005)
The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialised design
(Centre for Universal Design, North Carolina State University)

The 7 Principle of Universal Design

1. Equitable Use

useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

2. Flexibility in Use

accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

3. Simple and Intuitive to Use

easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

4. Perceptible Information

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

5. Tolerance for Error

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

6. Low Physical Effort

used efficiently and comfortably, and with a minimum of fatigue.

7. Size and Space for Approach and Use

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

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