UD in Physical Spaces

DRC collaborates across campus to apply UD design concepts in the built environment through the planning, design, and construction phases. We established guidelines for physical spaces and transportation based on these seven guiding principles: 

Seven Principles of Universal Design 

  • Equitable use: The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities 
  • Flexibility in use: The design accommodates a wide range of preferences and abilities. 
  • Simple and intuitive use: Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level. 
  • Perceptible information: The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities. 
  • Tolerance for error: The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions. 
  • Low physical effort: The design can be used efficiently and comfortable and with a minimum of fatigue. 
  • Size and space for approach and use: Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.