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Description:This 2000 image depicted a woman seated in her wheelchair, while she was manipulating the controls of a front-loading clothes dryer, which was located directly adjacent to a front-loading washing machine from which she’d just extracted the damp laundry load. Front-loading washers and dryers are easier to access, for a wider range of users than their top-loading versions. Many people who use wheelchairs, and have trouble bending over, or reaching, or are of short stature such as children, find that front-loading washers and dryers are easier to access. For some people, top loading machines are impossible to use, for one must reach over, and down into these appliances. In this four-image example (see 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. Raised on a pedestal, they become even easier to use for many.
“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
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.