Making Inclusive Design the Norm


Inclusive design as a movement has benefited an immense surge in visibility in design circles. Now that it is receiving the attention it deserves, the design community needs to know how to put inclusive design to work. 

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.