Universal Design Course

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As facilities and programs are developed, it is important to meet the wide range of abilities within a community so that more people will be able to use the spaces effectively and therefore benefit from the experience.
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As facilities and programs are developed, it is important to meet the wide range of abilities within a community so that more people will be able to use the spaces effectively and therefore benefit from the experience. Universal design refers to the creation of structures and programs that can be used by all people. This course, designed in partnership with the National Center on Accessibility, provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design and its seven principles. In addition, the course presents the history, principles, and progress of Universal Design as it applies to the designer, programmer, and the consumer.

 

Course Format

This course integrates informational text, interactive practice activities, Learn More opportunities, and supplemental reference materials. As you work through this course, you will develop a Universal Design Action Plan for one of your programs or facilities. This is accomplished by answering a variety of questions specific to your needs.  At the conclusion of the course, you may print out the action plan and use it for additional programs or facilities.

 

Following the course, you will be assessed by a brief assessment requiring you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

 

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced and integrates self-study allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. Within each course, you decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

 

Course Chapters

  • The Concept of Universal Design
  • Principles of Universal Design
  • Levels of Interaction
  • Universal Design in Action
  • Universal Design Practice
  • Universal Design-Your Perceptions

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course; all are welcome.

 

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define Universal Design.
  • Explain the major concepts and guidelines for each of the seven principles of Universal Design.
  • Distinguish between Universal Design, accessibility, and barrier-free design.
  • Describe how Universal Design benefits many different people.

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