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The Seven Principles of Universal Design

Universal Design is a movement to design products, buildings and environments that are accessible to a wide range of users. Products should not have to require special design changes and or special features to suit a user with a disability - the products themselves should encompass a deep consideration for users with a versatile scope of needs.

The principles of Universal Design were established through a collaborative effort among a group of architects, industrial designers, engineers, and researchers in the field of environmental design. These principles offer clear directions for a broad field of design used to universally design environments, products, and information. These principles available on the North Carolina State University homepage,
are not only applicable towards evaluating and deciding new design processes for existing designs, but are also useful for educating designers and consumers on ideal representations of accessible products and environments.

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(The development of the Universal Design Principles was largely funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.)
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