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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
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
Automatic Door Openers