In the checkout line, this man with a cognitive disability, was photographed while paying for his groceries. He was able to see the amount on the register's digital display, have it spoken by the cashier, and finally, received a receipt. Providing information in multiple modes is helpful for nonnative speakers, children, people with cognitive disabilities, older adults, and people with sensory reduction, while appealing to the human variation in learning, and processing styles in the general population. See PHIL 9102 for an image depicting this man, while shopping in this grocery store.
“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 choice in methods of use
- Eliminate unnecessary complexity
- Accommodate a wide range of literacy and language skills
- Use different modes (pictorial, verbal, tactile) for redundant presentation of essential information
- Maximize "legibility" of essential information