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This image depicted two rocker panel style light switches, which for those with mobility, or hand, finger, or arm difficulties, are much easier to manipulate. These switches could be pushed, or pressed with an elbow, shoulder, or other body part if ones hands were unavailable. Standard switches are much more difficult to use, and require a concentrated pressure on a very small area, usually with one’s finger. These switches greatly facilitate the act of controlling lights and household appliances, not only for those in need of such assistance, but for all, who might interact with these controls.

“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.”
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Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

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

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

- Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any users

- Provisions for privacy, security, and safety should be equally available to all users

- Make the design appealing to all users

- Provide choice in methods of use

- Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision

- Provide adequate contrast between essential information and its surroundings

- Provide compatibility with a variety of techniques or devices used by people with sensory limitations

- Use reasonable operating forces

- Minimize sustained physical effort

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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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Copyright Restrictions: Yes - This image is copyright protected. Any public or private use of this image is subject to prevailing copyright laws. Please contact the content provider of this image for permission requests.