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Description:As was depicted in PHIL# 9046, the configuration of this stairway system allowed for the possibility of visually-impaired, or non-impaired individuals to injure themselves, while passing beneath the stairway, for there was nothing that would warn the passerby as to the presence of a low-hanging overhang. Even a walking stick would not come into contact with the overhang. As seen in PHIL# 9047 – 9049, the inclusion of aesthetically placed “obstacles” such as a fountain, or bench seating for pedestrians, would act to prevent walkers from navigating inadvertently on a dangerous course underneath the stairway, thereby, reducing the possibility of head injuries.
“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:

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

- Make the design appealing to all users

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

- Provide fail safe features

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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:2006
Photo Credit:Center for Universal Design
Links:North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
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