ID#: 9276
Description: Caption:
In this 1995 image, a woman seated in a wheelchair, was operating a manual hand crank on a casement window. Because the crank was located on the window sill, which was no more than 36-inches above floor level, it not only facilitated ease of use for wheelchair seated individuals, but very short people as well. Single, or double hung windows, by comparison, require two hands, considerable force, and a long, high reach.
Additional Information:
“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

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

- Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any users

- Make the design appealing to all users

- Provide choice in methods of use

- Accommodate right- or left-handed access and use

- 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: 1995
Photo Credit: Center for Universal Design
Links: North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
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