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ERIC Number: ED506546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-10
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Universal Design in Postsecondary Education: Process, Principles, and Applications
Burgstahler, Sheryl
Designing any product or environment involves the consideration of many factors, including aesthetics, engineering options, environmental issues, safety concerns, industry standards, and cost. Typically, designers focus their attention on the average user. In contrast, universal design (UD), according to the Center for Universal Design, "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." When UD principles are applied in a postsecondary institution, educational products and environments meet the needs of potential students with a wide variety of characteristics. Disability is just one of many characteristics that a student might possess. The process of UD requires a macro view of the application being considered as well as a micro view of subparts of the application. The following list suggests a process that can be used to apply UD in a postsecondary setting: (1) Identify the application; (2) Define the universe; (3) Involve consumers; (4) Adopt guidelines or standards; (5) Apply guidelines or standards; (6) Plan for accommodations; (7) Train and support; and (8) Evaluate. [This publication was adapted from "Universal Design: Process, Principles, and Applications" by Sheryl Burgstahler. Additional funding provided by the State of Washington.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED); National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, DO-IT
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina