Designing a space using the principles of Universal Design has become very important. No matter the abilities or disabilities of the occupants, designers need to follow such principles. One principle to keep in mind before designing a kitchen, for example, is the location of certain items, like light switches, cabinetry, and appliances. Easy to reach and locate items help those that have disabilities that usually have a hard time operating such items. Light switches should be located at a height that can be reached by someone sitting or standing. Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are a good universal design solution. Cabinetry can be replaced by drawers and pullout “columns” because of easier accessibility.
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