Universal Design Helps Build Lives

Universal design stemmed from the need of barrier-free accessibility not only for people with disabilities but for people of all ages. Because of this, there is now a design philosophy called Design for All which targets the use of products, services and systems that will be use by a lot number of people without the need for adaptation. The Design for All philosophy encourages manufacturers and service providers to come up with new technologies that will benefit the human race in the long run.

Building Ramp
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Examples of universal design product and services include smooth, ground level entrances without stairs, lever handles for opening doors instead of twisting the knobs, buttons and controls that can be distinguished by touch, volume and speed controls in auditory output, ramp access in swimming pools, the use of meaningful icons with text labels, or a museum that allows visitors to listen to or read descriptions, among others.

In building construction, it can also be implemented. Bathroom, rooms, living areas and kitchen designs can now be specifically tailored with the need for universal design. This can greatly alleviate the living condition not only of the person with disability, but also for people of varying ages. Incorporating this system could greatly improve lives as people build for everyone.

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