Explaining that universal design is more than accessibility is sometimes difficult for people who have heard of accessibility, but not universal design. A neat article from the US lists five points to help understanding. Briefly listed below are the five points:
- Accessibility is not always inclusive. Steps plus a ramp to a building means some people have to take a different route to get in.
- Accessibility puts burden on the individual. More planning is needed for every trip, even to a restaurant – not to make a reservation – but to find out if you can get in.
- Separate accessible features are not equal. Sometimes they create extra hurdles and more effort.
- Accessibility provides limited solutions to a broad problem. This is because it is often an “add-on”.
- Accessibility is not designed with style in mind. It is usually just designed to just serve a purpose.
The title of the blog article is, “5 Problems with Accessibility (And How Universal Design Fixes Them)”.
Note: the picture of the house with the ramp shows four out of the five points. Different route, separate, limited solution, no style.