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Description:This was the fourth in a series of eight images (PHIL# 9088 – 9095) revealing the exhibits inside the U.S. National Building Museum, all of which could be touched by all visitors, including adults, children, and especially those who were mobility, or visually impaired. Consideration paid to those with such impairments during the designing of such a facility, enhanced the enjoyment experienced by all participants, as well as their overall learning experience. Mounted so that standing or seated users could fully appreciate their visit, the exhibits included Braille descriptions, large print signs. Here, a visually-impaired woman with her guide dog, and young man, were touching a replica of the U.S. Capitol Building. “The Center for Universal Design (CUD) 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

- Use different modes (pictorial, verbal, tactile) for redundant presentation of essential information

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

- Allow user to maintain a neutral body position

- Use reasonable operating forces

- Minimize repetitive actions

- Minimize sustained physical effort

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

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

- Provide 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:1996
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.