The most important drivers of universal design are:
Incorporation of universal design strategies into buildings is currently hindered by:
Legislation introduced in Ontario proposes changes to the built environment that will make the province entirely accessible by:
The Ontario legislation considers Universal Design to include:
Much of the momentum in the Universal Design movement comes from individuals and organizations who feel excluded by current approaches to building design.
From an environmental perspective, implementing Universal Design strategies at the outset of a project, rather than retrofitting at a later date:
Implementing Universal Design strategies is an important component in ‘future-proofing’ communities:
Universal Design strategies are necessarily intrusive and will detract from the appearance and appeal of a building:
Using the term ‘special needs’ in relation to Universal Design, will help increase awareness and advance the cause of accessibility.
It is advantageous and appropriate to think of the range of human abilities as: