Universal Design, Universal Accessibility

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.” 

Long story short, UD or UA is inclusive, integrated and innovative technology that works for anyone, anytime, anywhere - the 3 A’s in our Mandate. 


UDI Principles

Principle 1: Equitable Use

Principle 2 : Flexibility in Use

Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use

Principle 4Perceptible Information

Principle 5: Tolerance for Error

Principle 6: Low Physical Effort

Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use

Reference: NDA Website

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.” 


UDL for Post Secondary

UDL for K-12

Student Benefits Are:

[1] Increased student attention, interaction and participation

[2] Improved sentence recognition ability

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

[4] Easier deciphering of language in early learning years

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

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




To learn more, click these links to see how we meet our mandate of I3:


Inclusive

Roger means Inclusive

Roger SoundField is the only sound field system that provides government legislated Universal Accessibility. “Universal Design for Instruction” (UDI) is a mandated educational principle that, in terms of hearing, includes everyone, everywhere and always in the education system. This concept includes solutions for the instructor/presenter (reduction in vocal strain, lower classroom noise levels which creates better student focus) and solutions for the students with normal hearing or the students with any form of hearing loss. Roger SoundField is the only UDI platform recognized as a 100% compliant with the mandate.

Innovative

Roger means Innovative:

All listeners benefit from Roger SoundFields unique “Leveling” feature (increases/decreases volume of speaker based on rooms ambient noise levels) that allows the system to maintain the best “Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of any sound field on the market regardless of the classroom/presentation area noise level changing. The unique speaker array design will cover up to 3000 sq ft equally with just two speaker towers (Digimaster 7000 speakers).

Roger is the only platform on the market that allows simultaneous multiple sound source inputs (instructor, group conversations, pass-around mic users and multi-media sources) that can be heard by the regular listeners, persons with hearing loss and hearing aids at the same time.

Roger SoundField systems are the only Digitally Modulated (DM instead of FM) (2.4 GHz Industry, Science, Medical (ISM) broadband), fully integrated and fully accessible systems (UDI) available. Roger SoundField out-performs all other systems that use limited FM or infra-red technology. Using frequency “Hopping” DM is how the system is closed from outside interference, even from other Roger SoundField systems. This enables Roger SoundField systems to be set up in closed groups, in the same room, and even back to back in a gymnasium if needed.

Integrated

Roger means Integrated: 

We work in Schools with kids and their families, teachers and support staff. Students with hearing loss, and using hearing aids, obtain their accessories from the Provincial Resource Program (PRP). These accessories integrate seamlessly into the Roger platform with a click of a single icon/button. Other sound field systems require lengthy patching which can eliminate the high frequency hearing levels (important speech intelligibility cues) and do not offer the “Leveling” feature for the students who need it the most.

Teacher Assistants of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing are responsible for ensuring that patching is completed. This takes time away from the Instructor if (s)he is waiting for any technical connection issues to be resolved by the Teaching Assistant who, in turn, would be focusing on more important student-oriented responsibilities. The instantaneous, wireless and one-click integration of all sources and inputs to Roger devices makes it easy to use and highly efficient. This benefit translates into business situations with the ease of use the system has. One Click Connection!

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