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Seven principles of universal design:

  • Equitable use - the design is able to be used by people of all abilities.
     
  • Flexibility in use - the design accommodates a variety of individual abilities.
     
  • Simple and intuitive use - using the design is easy to understand regardless of an individual's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
     
  • Perceptible information - the design effectively communicates necessary information to the user.
     
  • Tolerance for error - the design minimizes hazards and adverse consequences of accidental or intended actions.
     
  • Low physical effort - the design can be used comfortably and efficiently, with minimal effort.
     
  • Size and space for approach and use - sufficient size and space is provided for reaching, approaching, and manipulating objects regardless of users' body size, posture, or mobility.

Artist's pencil sketch of a universally designed home.

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Last modified: December 12, 2006