In its magazine The New Standard, watch designer (and retailer) Eone gives an eloquent answer the question “What’s the Difference Between ‘Inclusive Design’ and ‘Accessibility’?” Although this is a marketing piece, the approach and tone conveyed are thoughtful and sincere.
There has been much talk and articles written about Universal Design for Learning in recent years. But, how does a teacher actually prepare their physical classroom and their students for the experience? A fourth-grade teacher, Beth, logs her prepping process in a to-do list which can be used as a blueprint for anyone looking to implement the philosophy in their school.
The field of universal design (UD) encompasses a range of topics, whether it’s at the level of urban planning, the design of a building or space within a building, or an object within that space. One review describes the book Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments as follows: “introduces designers to the principles and practice of designing for all people.”
An article for TechVibes by Erik Mclaren highlights how businesses can benefit from boosting accessibility through universal design. Experts in accessibility and universal design recently came together at the DMZ, a business forum for technology startups based out of Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
Universal Design: Guide for Inclusive Tourism is a valuable resource for business owners and tourism professionals. This document makes some interesting distinctions between inclusivity and accessibility. Inclusivity relates to social inclusion, not just physical access, and a physically accessible space could be the site of exclusionary activities and attitudes.