Universal Design,Universal Accessibility: Inclusive

Universal design (often inclusive design) refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities. According to the NDA (National Disability Association), 

"Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. An environment (or any building, product, or service in that environment) should be designed to meet the needs of all people who wish to use it. This is not a special requirement, for the benefit of only a minority of the population. It is a fundamental condition of good design. If an environment is accessible, usable, convenient and a pleasure to use, everyone benefits. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all throughout the design process, universal design creates products, services and environments that meet peoples' needs. Simply put, universal design is good design.”

Student Benefits

[1] Increased student attention, interaction and participation

Improved sentence recognition ability

[2] Quicker acquisition of reading, writing and numeracy skills

[3] Easier deciphering of language in early learning years

[4] Better understanding of teacher for non-native speakers

[5] Expanded seating options for students with attention deficit issues

Rogers' SoundField system is unlike any other on the market meets the 7 Principles of Universal Design. The 7 Principles of Universal Design were developed in 1997 by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers and environmental design researchers, led by the late Ronald Mace in the North Carolina State University.The purpose of the Principles is to guide the design of environments, products and communications. According to the Center for Universal Design in NCSU, the Principles "may be applied to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments." 

    Principle 1: Equitable Use

    Principle 2 : Flexibility in Use

    Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use

    Principle 4: Perceptible Information

    Principle 5: Tolerance for Error

    Principle 6: Low Physical Effort

    Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use

Reference: NDA Website

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