ID#: 9388
Description: Caption:
This 2000 image showed a young boy utilizing a front loading clothes washing machine, which was located directly adjacent to a front loading clothes dryer. Front loading washers and dryers are easier to access, for a wider range of users than their top loading versions, including wheelchair users, people who have trouble bending over, or reaching, or like children, are of short stature. For some people, top loading machines are impossible to use, having to reach over and down into these appliances. In this four image series (PHIL 9388, 9389, 9390, and 9391), a child, an older adult, and a person using a wheelchair were all shown, as benefiting from using the front loading feature of this washer and dryer, which become even easier to use for many, when raised on a pedestal.
Additional Information:
“The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.”

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

- 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
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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.