The DOJ has authority to issue regulations for title II and III of the ADA and to provide technical assistance and enforcement. The DOJ also has authority to certify that a State or local accessibility code is equivalent to the ADA’s requirements for new construction and alterations.
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.