Universal Design @ University of Arizona

Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design (Ron Mace, 1985). While this concept was born out of architecture and design, it’s also important in the learning environment. In our UD section, we highlight benefits and resources for both areas and how UD is implemented for the Arizona campuses.

Our Commitment

The University of Arizona is committed to an inclusive and welcoming experience for all students, staff, faculty, and guests. We proactively remove barriers to access and reduce the need for individual accommodations in physical, work, and academic environments as well as events and programs. By including UD as a foundation for designing University experiences, we increase the level of inclusion and participation.

Arizona prioritizes UD across all campus environments and experiences.

UD in Academic Environments

Consultation with faculty and instructors regarding Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Tips for Inclusive and Accessible Classrooms

Key UDL concepts in the classroom.


Built/Physical Environment

Guidelines for physical spaces through the planning, design, and construction phases.

Inclusive Events

Information for campus event planners to incorporate UD practices for events and programs.

Inclusive Workplace Practices

Best UD practices in the workplace for supervisors and employees.

Digital Accessibility

Resources for creating, evaluating, and training in the digital environment.