IDeA Center’s UD Continuing Education Program


The IDeA Center online courses are for everyone: advocates, builders and contractors, planners, architects, occupational and physical therapists, and policymakers. Our expert staff will give anyone interested in the universal design of places, products, and systems the foundation needed to recognize, understand, appreciate, apply, and advocate for universal design in their homes, offices, and communities. The courses address the principles and knowledge bases relevant to solving many design problems using case studies to demonstrate the value of universal design.

Current Course List:

  • Universal Design and Products
  • Universal Design and Interior Environments
  • Defining Universal Design
  • Universal Design and Housing 1: Policy and Trends
  • Practicing Universal Design
  • Universal Design and Housing 2: Design Applications
  • Universal Design and Public Accommodations
  • Universal Design and Public Transportation
  • Design for Human Performance
  • Design for Health, Wellness, and Social Participation
  • Universal Design and Home Modifications

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.