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Universial Design and the Physicial Environment

Thanks to the1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, accessibility to U.S. programs and services to individuals with impairments of any kind is guaranteed. Architects,  engineers, and teachers work tirelessly to develop and implement solutions which are flexible enough to provide all levels of assistance to everyone. Examples of some of the solutions developed are alternatives to stairs such as ramps, elevators and escalators, automatic door openers, homes, kitchens and bathrooms designed to be used by someone in a wheelchair, and adaptive technologies such as mice and keyboards. Fortunately, these designs are available to all Americans. Even those without disabilities find them useful at times in their lives. The same is true when applying Universal Design for Learning the classroom.

 
Examples of Universial Design in the Physical Environment
Entrances


The entrance to this school allows everyone the choice to access the building through stairs or ramps. While some people will not be able to use the stairs because of mobility issues, those without mobility issues find this access helpful as well. People with young children in strollers, who have a rolling backpack or who are skateboarding just to name a few.
Access to Multiple Levels

Kitchens and Baths
























The lower counters and shower entrance with no barrier and wider entrance allows for those in wheelchairs to take care of their own needs.

Automatic Door Openers










Doors that open automatically not only help people with mobility issues, but also people with strollers, delivery men with packages, and those with their arms full. Recently I had to carry my dog into the veterinarian's office and the automatic door allowed me to do so.

Addaptive Technologies








Assistive and adaptive technologies allow flexible access to users with mobility, vision and motor skill issues. This keyboard is designed for people with vision impairments due to the large size and contrasting colors.



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Through the quality of its staff, curriculum, instruction, and extra-curricular offerings, Northwestern High School provides a positive and supportive environment that challenges each student to strive for excellence in developing skills in life-long learning, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, individual and social responsibility, and respect for others and self.
 
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