Universal Design

Universal Design (UD) is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. The intent of UD is to simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost. Universal design benefits people of all ages and abilities.

Universal Design of Instruction Examples

  • Making book lists and syllabi available prior to the beginning of the term
  • Making appropriate seating arrangements
  • Speaking only when directly facing the class
  • Providing Power Point lecture notes
  • Providing printed or Web-based materials which summarize content that is delivered orally
  • Using captioned videotapes
  • Assuring that all classrooms, labs and fieldwork are in locations accessible to individuals with a wide range of physical abilities and disabilities
  • Using accessible web pages
  • Providing multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge