ID#: 9379
Description: Caption:
Created in 1995, this universally designed, refrigerator was equipped with back-lit drawers, which made it very convenient for mobility impaired users, like those seated in a wheelchair, to be able to access the drawer contents without having to perform awkward, or difficult body positioning. This appliance had the appearance of kitchen cabinetry. By creating such universally accommodating designs, all users would benefit, which meant those with, as well as those without mobility impairments.
Additional Information:
“The mission of the Center for Universal Design (CUD) is to improve environments and products through design innovation, research, education and design assistance. Part of the College of Design at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC, the Center promotes the concept of universal design in all design, construction, and manufacturing disciplines through research, design assistance, and training.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

- 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

- Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision

- Allow user to maintain a neutral body position

- Minimize sustained physical effort

- Provide a clear line of sight to important elements for any seated or standing user

- 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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