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Description:This 2005 image depicted the installation of a colorful, textured “curb ramp”, which provided a transition point between the roadway at a lower level, and the sidewalk that was at a higher level. The curb ramp alleviated having to lift belongings up, and on to the sidewalk, therefore, would be highly beneficial to the mobility–challenged, as well as those encumbered with a stroller, shopping cart, baby carriage, etc. In this particular case, the colorful, environmentally-attractive patterning belied the fact that this was constructed in this manner for a reason. The sloped areas of the curb ramp contrasted significantly with both the sidewalk, and the asphalt paving. A subtle checkerboard pattern, plus additional tonal differences gave cues to pedestrians in wheelchairs of the curb ramp’s location. The patterned area had some textural differentiation so blind pedestrians with walking sticks could perceive the ramp and its changing slope.
“The CUD, is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products, while collaborating with builders and manufacturers on the development of new design solutions.

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

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

- Provisions for privacy, security, and safety should be equally available to all users

- Make the design appealing to all users

- Provide choice in methods of use

- Provide compatibility with a variety of techniques or devices used by people with sensory limitations

- Provide warnings of hazards and errors

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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:2005
Photo Credit:Rex J. Pace
Links:North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
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