ID#: 9266
Description: Caption:
Depicted in this 2000 image was a woman’s hand grasping a bathroom shower's mix valve. The lever design made it easier to turn, by providing more leverage, thereby, requiring less hand strength, on the part of the user. Another handle design could be more difficult to turn, especially when the user is mobility impaired, as in the case of a victim of paralysis, those with limb deformities, or people who are fitted with prosthetic limbs. As is the case with other universally designed concepts, these utilitarian objects are easier to use for all, including those who have no mobility impairments.
Additional Information:
“The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products. The Center’s mission is to improve environments and products through design innovation, research, education and design assistance. 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 implement universal design concepts. The Center collaborates with builders and manufacturers on the development of new design solutions.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

- Make the design appealing to all users

- Use reasonable operating forces

- Accommodate variations in hand and grip size

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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: 2000
Photo Credit: Center for Universal Design
Links: North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
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