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Favorite links central presents Universal Design,  the Concept of designing buildings, homes, businesses,
offices, commercial buildings, travel, communications, information technology  and policy to be usable by
the widest range of people without special or separate design.  Most simply, Universal Design is
human-centered design of everything with everyone in mind.

Many of the features that are common in older buildings, such as narrow doors, steps
or curbs at entrances,  narrow hallways, are all barriers that can effect access by
people with disabilities.
Removing barriers by ramping a curb, widening an entrance door, installing visual
alarms, or designating an accessible parking space is often essential to ensure equal
opportunity for people with disabilities.

Removing these and other common barriers can sometimes be simple and
inexpensive  but in other cases it can be difficult and costly. For this reason the
regulations for the ADA provide a flexible approach to compliance. This practical
approach requires that barriers be removed in existing facilities only when it is readily
achievable to do so. The ADA does not require existing buildings to meet the same
standards as for newly constructed facilities
Federal accessibility standards - Architectural Designs
United States access board
Facilities that are federally funded must comply with accessibility standards under the
Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The ABA applies to facilities designed, built, altered,
or leased with federal funds. Several agencies maintain ABA standards which are
being revised according to guidelines the Board jointly updated under the ABA and
the ADA.
Center for Inclusive Design And Environmental Access
The IDeA Center provides design and consulting services for families and individuals,
social service agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Projects include workplace
modifications, home modifications, home designs, renovation designs for group homes
and a building signage system
Information and technical assistance on the Americans With Disabilities Act
Locate information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, find design standards,
technical assistance, code certifications, new and proposed regulations, mediation
programs and more
The Center For Universal Design
Environments and Products for all people  
The Center for Universal Design is a national information, technical assistance, and
research center that evaluates, develops, & promotes accessible and universal design
in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.  
The Institute for Human Centered Design
A 30-year-old international nonprofit organization, based in Boston, committed to
advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing strands for
people of all ages and abilities. Expertise in legally required accessibility
United Design Accessible Home Plans
As a pioneer in the Universal Design arena for more than a decade, UDA now offers
alternate Accessible Versions of 77 Ideal Home Plans, all designed for comfort and
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Accessible Home
Improvements, Universal
and Barrier Free Design

Kitchens - Accessible
Ideas and Designs

Bathrooms - Accessible
design and ideas

Home Interiors,
Hallways, bedrooms,
living rooms, doorways
and more

Home exteriors, Parking
Areas, walkways,
ramps, lighting and more


United States
department of Housing
and Urban Development

Uniform Federal
Accessibility Standards

Americans With
Disabilities Act of 1990

Center for Universal
Design North Carolina
State University

US Department Of

ADA Guide for Small

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