Universal Design in Park and Recreation Environments

This course is designed for park and public agency employees who are interested in providing Universally Designed programs and facilities for patrons with disabilities.




The Universal Design e-course presents an opportunity for parks professionals to develop a knowledge of accessibility from a big-picture perspective. Universal Design goes above and beyond the minimum standards for accessible design and makes sustainability of accessible programs and facilities achievable through implementation of seven guiding principles. This course provides an introduction to the original definition and concepts of Universal Design, its associated seven principles, and their applicability. In addition, the course presents the history, principles, and progress of Universal Design as it applies to the designer, programmer, and the consumer. Students will have an opportunity to apply each principle through built-in course worksheets resulting in a Universal Design action plan upon course completion.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • The Concepts of Universal Design
  • Principles of Universal Design
  • Levels of Interaction
  • Universal Design in Action

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.

Recommended Background

It is recommended that you complete the Program Access Course prior to, or in tandem with, this course.


Good Information for changing times Review by Garry
A lot of information which is required when creating new projects. (Posted on 9/16/2017)

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