Universal design (sometimes referred to as inclusive design) is a broad concept where all buildings, products, or environments are designed will all people in mind regardless of their abilities. This design concept promotes the use of all items to be inherently used by everyone including older people, people with disabilities, and people without disabilities. Universal design concepts have the potential to produce a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals.
Some examples of this concept include a door handle instead of the use of a doorknob. Door handles are easier for people to use regardless of ability. Where door knobs require grasping and turning to open the door, door handles can be just pushed to get the same opening action. This difference in design ensures a much wider population can open and close doors. Another common universal design item is the ramp in place of stairs. No matter your ability, most everyone can ascend a ramp. Stairs on the other hand are very difficult or impossible to climb for people older folks or people with mobility impairments. One of our goals at Accessfull LLC is to find those design solutions that enable the largest number of people to utilize the building product or environment.
Universal design is not just the latest buzzword for the latest design trend. Designing for the largest number of potential users benefits everyone who comes into contact with the space. Accessfull LLC utilizes universal design strategies throughout the process to determine what would work best for your living space. These strategies are always discused with you when seeking solutions to your home accessibility needs.
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