The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stipulates that all overseas aid programs must follow the Principles of Universal Design. They have produced a comprehensive guide to all types of development projects including water, health, education and the built environment. It is useful to see how thinking universally about design can produce such a clear guide to inclusive practice and accessibility.
Download the document here.
The City of Sydney imported the purpose-built, accessible spinner from Germany and installed it at Pirrama Park playground in Pyrmont. The spinner can fit up to three wheelchairs at once, as well as several other children – so everyone can have fun together.
It has a simple, built-in braking mechanism. It’s a great design which means everyone can enjoy themselves at the same time. Picture by SydneyMedia.com.au.
As part of his PhD study, Michael David William Richards at Salford University (UK), he interviewed Prof Geoff Hosey about street furniture and directional signage at Chester Zoo.
This article is in Access by Design Issue 141.
The Accessibility of Street Furniture at Chester Zoo An Interview with Professor Geoff Hosey
This handbook edited by Danise Levine was published in 2003 by the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, University at Buffalo. It provides guidance for all aspects of an urban environment as well as temporary lodging, workplace facilities and human service facilities. It also lists seven myths about universal design and shows how they are just myths:
1. There are only a small number of people who benefit
2. Universal design only helps people with disability and older people
3. Legislation for disability rights have created equality, so no need to do more
4. Improved medical technology is reducing the incidence of functional limitation
5. Universal design cannot sustain itself in the marketplace because the people who need it most cannot afford it
6. Universal design is simply good ergonomic design
7. Universal design cost even more than accessible design
Download Universal Design: New York pdf