Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Why is Universal Design Important?

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Susie Tibbitts

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Universal design is described as, the design of an environment where it can be accessed and understood by all people regardless of their ability, disability, size, or age. Buildings or product design should meet the needs of all people and are marketable to users with diverse abilities. We use this principle for a multiple of different reasons, for instance, we are avoiding segregation and stigmatizing any other users while providing the same resources for all people. This concept may seem challenging to achieve while maintaining beautiful design, but during this research, you will see some of the most beautiful designs are flexible for various abilities. When applying Universal Design to a space or environment one must create a design that is easy to understand and experience with no limitations. This is incredibly important when applying to homes for those who may be limited in mobility, increased risk of falling, reduced hearing or vision, restricted mental processing capabilities. This is also known as “Aging in Place.” You will find this concept throughout universal design. It can be achieved by eliminating unnecessary complexity, consistent design, and provide adequate space and size for approach, reach, and manipulation. Universal design, when you are focusing on aging in place, becomes incredibly important for those growing old but still want to maintain their independence. Currently, most Seniors persons are living alone or with one other companion in their own home. This creates a challenge for those individuals when their environment is not equipped with changes that come with age. By making changes to make the appropriate additions to their home will therefore grow with them, and continually improve their quality of life.

Location

The South Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 2:45 PM

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Why is Universal Design Important?

The South Atrium

Universal design is described as, the design of an environment where it can be accessed and understood by all people regardless of their ability, disability, size, or age. Buildings or product design should meet the needs of all people and are marketable to users with diverse abilities. We use this principle for a multiple of different reasons, for instance, we are avoiding segregation and stigmatizing any other users while providing the same resources for all people. This concept may seem challenging to achieve while maintaining beautiful design, but during this research, you will see some of the most beautiful designs are flexible for various abilities. When applying Universal Design to a space or environment one must create a design that is easy to understand and experience with no limitations. This is incredibly important when applying to homes for those who may be limited in mobility, increased risk of falling, reduced hearing or vision, restricted mental processing capabilities. This is also known as “Aging in Place.” You will find this concept throughout universal design. It can be achieved by eliminating unnecessary complexity, consistent design, and provide adequate space and size for approach, reach, and manipulation. Universal design, when you are focusing on aging in place, becomes incredibly important for those growing old but still want to maintain their independence. Currently, most Seniors persons are living alone or with one other companion in their own home. This creates a challenge for those individuals when their environment is not equipped with changes that come with age. By making changes to make the appropriate additions to their home will therefore grow with them, and continually improve their quality of life.