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Description:In this 1998 image, a wheelchair-seated woman was about to drink from a stainless steel water fountain which offered two spouts arranged at two different heights, showing that consideration was paid to those mobility-challenged individuals who found themselves in situations such as the one depicted here. Each projecting spout and basin extended out from the wall, and included knee space beneath. The rim-height of the lower unit was set at 30”, while the rim height of the upper unit was set at 36”. Each displayed the international symbol describing universal accessibility. These two heights accommodated short and seated users, as well as standing users. It illustrated how sometimes, a single item cannot meet the needs of a broad cross-section of people. In this case a single, adjustable-height unit would have been too expensive to install. Each featured an easy-to-push operating panel on the font that allowed use by fingers, hands or another body part.
“The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, buildings, outdoor and urban settings and related products.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

- Provide the same means of use for all users: identical whenever possible; equivalent when not

- Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any users

- Make the design appealing to all users

- Provide choice in methods of use

- Accommodate right- or left-handed access and use

- Enhance the user's accuracy and precision

- Allow user to maintain a neutral body position

- Use reasonable operating forces

- Allow a clear line of sight to important elements for any seated or standing user

- Make reach to all components comfortable for seated or standing user

- Consider variations in hand and grip size

- Allow adequate space for the use of assistive devices or personal assistance

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
Creation Date:1998
Photo Credit:Center for Universal Design
Links:North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.