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The principles of universal design as used in architecture can be broadly applied to the design (e.g. facilities, furniture, multimedia, etc.) of the teaching, learning and living environment.
Equitable Use - The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
Flexibility in Use - The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
Simple and Intuitive Use - Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
Perceptible Information - The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.
Tolerance for Error - The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
Low Physical Effort - The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.
Size and Space for Approach and Use - Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user's body size, posture, or mobility.
©. 1997 The Center for Universal Design, NC State University Raleigh, North Carolina, USA