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Description:This 2000 image depicted a universally-designed, raised dishwasher that was being loaded by a wheelchair-seated woman, who seemed to be filling the appliance in an effortless manner. Dishwashers installed in this way raise the storage area up within reach of people who use wheelchairs, and who may have difficulty in bending down to the level of conventionally installed appliances. Even from her seated position, this woman could easily reach the dishes in the bottom rack of this raised unit.
“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

- Allow user to maintain a neutral body position

- Use reasonable operating forces

- Minimize repetitive actions

- 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:2000
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.