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Description:This is one of a series of three photographs (PHIL# 9096 – 9098), which revealed the interior of a large indoor publicly-accessible swimming pool that provided an elegant ramped access into the pool, steps, and a transfer ledge that enclosed the pool at its edge. This collection from the Center for Universal Design’s Universal Exemplars, is from the Chou Silver Zone Complex located in Akita Prefecture in Northern Japan. The pool allowed people the ability to make personal choices in how they entered and exited the pool, according to their comfort and safety levels. Taking physical impairments into account during the designing of such a facility only enhanced the enjoyment of all who visited this recreation area.
“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

- Allow user to maintain a neutral body position

- Use reasonable operating forces

- 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:The 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.