Universal Design

The Difference Between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

The Difference Between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

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.

How to Prep for a Universally Designed Classroom

How to Prep for a Universally Designed Classroom

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.

Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

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.” 

Boosting Accessibility Through Universal Design

Boosting Accessibility Through Universal Design

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. 

Building with Universal Design in Mind

Building with Universal Design in Mind

Jenn Danko, writing for Lowe’s for Pros in Canada, has produced a succinct summary of the seven principles of universal design using a particular renovation as a case example. An excellent case is made for why builders should incorporate universal design into any custom-built home or renovation. 

Tourism Inclusivity

Tourism Inclusivity

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.