National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)


Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) | NCDDR produces resources in print and online to assist researchers, disability-related professionals, and people with disabilities and their families in better understanding and using disability research. These publications discuss topics such as knowledge translation, systematic reviews, evidence-based technology, communities of practice as a knowledge transfer strategy, and research quality.

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.