This course examines the difference between universal design and accessibility required by law, and lists the types of people of varied abilities who benefit from universal design, particularly as it applies to homes. We then take a look at the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as developed by the North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and explore examples of each, from windows set low enough to offer views to a person in a wheelchair, to sliding doors that open with a touch to accommodate those with arthritis or other challenges. Finally, we look at the business side of universal design and discussing the principles with clients.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe universal design and how it differs from accessibility.
  • Discuss changing demographics and who benefits from universal design.
  • List the 7 principles of universal design for windows and glass doors and give examples of each.
  • Identify the etiquette for working with universal design clients, economics, and certifications.