ID#: 9267
Description: Caption:
This 1997 image showed that by mounting an electrical outlet, no lower than 15-inches above floor level, a wheelchair seated individual could easily insert, or extract an electrical plug without having to maintain an uncomfortable body position. Also, installing the outlet lower than the suggested 15-inches, would prove difficult to access for those with mobility impairments that hinder them from accomplishing the bending motion. The woman seated in the wheelchair depicted here, easily accessed the electrical outlet without difficulty.
Additional Information:
“The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible 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 range of users, and what tools are most useful to practitioners implementing universal design concepts. The Center collaborates with builders and manufacturers on the development of new design solutions.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

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

- Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision

- Make reach to all components comfortable for any seated or standing user

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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: 1997
Photo Credit: Center for Universal Design
Links: North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
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