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Description:This was one of five images (PHIL# 9139 – 9143), depicting four rotating, folding stadium seats: two in the “open” position; two in the closed-rotated position, which created a space in which a wheelchair was parked. These seats provided a unique level of flexibility for patrons of spectator events, where fixed seats were typically installed. Designed to provide the same range of seating options to people who use wheelchairs or scooters, they were able to be installed in either newly constructed or modified projects. The design combined two seat assemblies mounted and articulated from a single post. This flexibility allowed people using wheelchairs to sit with friends and family members, and therefore, feel integrated with the general public. A walking person could also use a seat, fold it up, or swing it to the side, and in this way, exit the row or aisle behind, while not disturbing the occupants of adjacent seats.
“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:

- Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any users

- Provide choice in methods of use

- 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 (CUD)
Creation Date:1999
Photo Credit:John H. Staehlin; Volunteers for Medical Engineering, Inc.
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.