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Universal Design Yoga - Spring 2017

Universal Design Yoga focuses on the participation of all students in an environment that is welcoming, safe, and comfortable. The Universal Design Yoga model draws on the concepts of universal design including equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach of use (Bowe, 2001), as well as a universal or open approach to utilizing various traditions of yoga. The program is a collaborative effort between the University at Buffalo Accessibility Resources, the Student Wellness Center and the School for Public Health and Health Professions.

Universal Design Yoga is based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF, 2001) a health and participation model that conceptualizes disability as the interaction between individuals with impairments of bodily structures or functions and the attitudinal and physical environment. Thus disability is a socially constructed concept, not something that is inherently part of an individual. The ICF suggests that participation in meaningful activities contributes to health. Sources: Bowe, F. (2000). Universal Design in Education. Westport, Connecticut : Bergin and Garvey.

World Health Organization. (2001). The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health- ICF. Geneva: World Health Organization.

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