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Description:This 1996 image depicted a portion of a web site with a “Text Only” hot button that would link a site visitor to a parallel web site, which would be geared to be used by a blind user. Some blind computer users, use a screen reading software that is able to “speak” the words that appear on the screen. Since some formats, images and graphics interfere with this function, sites either have to be wholly designed to accommodate blind users, or provide an alternate site that is able to provide this visual-impairment assistance.
“The CUD conducts original research to learn what design solutions are appropriate for the widest diversity of users, and what tools are most useful to practitioners wishing to successfully practice universal design. The Center collaborates with builders and manufacturers on the development of new design solutions. It also develops publications and instructional materials, and provides information, referrals and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals nationwide and internationally.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

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

- Provide choice in methods of use

- Accommodate a wide range of literacy and language skills

- 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

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
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.