Of the many important considerations when implementing universal design into the workplace, the following considerations can add to the success of a design solution:
- Eliminating client’s common perception that only individuals with disabilities can benefit from universal design.
- Take special care to avoid lowering the feeling of independence or creating feelings of isolation in the individual requiring special accomodations as a result of their workstation location, appearance, etc.
- Standards and regulations should not be considered sufficient in all cases. By learning about the abilities of the disabled individual and by considering standards as the minimum, the individual will be provided with a more accomodating environment.
Other useful references include:
Kelly II, Joseph Dennis. “Universal Design.” ICON 2004. 12-22. 21 Jan 2009 <http://www.adaptiveenvironments.org/documents/icon_ud_article.pdf>.
Posted by: Jenna Tharrett