Inclusive Design – Practical Introduction


This class will allow delegates to gain an understanding of the overarching legislation and supporting guidance that can assist designers, builders and those responsible for managing buildings, with particular attention to the Equality Act.

It will also identify those covered by the legislation and the range of disabilities and the impact these will have on potential users of the built environment.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.