Universal design means planning to build physical, learning and work environments so that they are usable by a wide range of people, regardless of age, size or disability status. While universal design promotes access for individuals with disabilities, it also benefits others.
UB is legally required to ensure that our work and learning environments are accessible for individuals with disabilities, and we understand that accessibility is essential to an inclusive environment. Creating accessible physical spaces, electronic content and learning environments requires additional thought and planning at the beginning stages. It is much easier, however, to plan for accessibility at the outset than to attempt to retrofit an inaccessible space, program or course to make it accessible. Universal design benefits a wide range of people with varying learning styles, preferences and abilities.
Universal design improves access and outcomes for everyone in a variety of situations. Some examples include: