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Description:This 1997 image depicted an enlarged view of a thermostat that had been designed with features, which took into account the needs of end users such as those with vision impairments. Design elements included easily detectable tactile surface variations, enlarged numerals, a large, easily rotatable control dial, and a click noise cue as the temperature was being set, helped to negate difficulties that might be encountered by such visually, or mobility-impaired individuals.
“The Center for Universal Design (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.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

- Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision

- Use different modes (pictorial, verbal, tactile) for redundant presentation of essential information

- Provide adequate contrast between essential information and its surroundings

- Maximize "legibility" of essential information

- Differentiate elements in ways that can be described (i.e., make it easy to give instructions or directions)

- 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:1997
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.