Universal Design: Creating inclusion for everyone

A mid grey doormat viewed from above with the word welcome in blue. At the bottom of the picture you can see the tops of a pair of red and white sneakers.I wrote an article for Inner Sydney Voice Magazine in 2014 that gave an overview of universal design, what it means, and some of the myths that are often applied to it. The article may be of interest to people who are not clear on the concepts underpinning universal design and inclusive practice. In a nutshell, it is about creating inclusion for everyone, everywhere.

The article discusses the differences between accessible, adaptable and universal design, housing and the public domain. Sustainability and healthy built environments are also discussed. The article is still relevant as progress towards inclusive environments is still evolving. 

logo banner for introduction to universal design.This article can be used as a primer for doing the free online course, Introduction to Universal Design.   

Inner Sydney Voice is the Inner Sydney Regional Social Development Council.

Jane Bringolf, Editor