UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLESThe Seven Universal Design Principles that Level Playing Field applies.
Universal Design Principles
The Level Playing Field Team are experts in Universal Design. We apply every principle of Universal Design to our projects. Our approach goes beyond building codes to ensure spaces are usable and welcoming for everyone.
Examples of how we have integrated Universal Design Principles into our work include:
Equitable Use – Ensuring designs are useful and appealing to individuals with a wide range of capabilities. Items such as ensuring the main entrance can be utilized by everyone regardless of age, ability or circumstance.
Flexibility in Use – Providing a space with a wide range of preferences and abilities accommodated within the design. Examples include recommending hardware and design that are easy to use by right or left-handed persons.
Simple and Intuitive – Ensuring the designs are straightforward and easy to understand regardless of the user’s experience knowledge or capabilities. Including items such as guidance in pattern selections which intuitively lead people, especially those with visual
impairments, along the path of travel.
Perceptible Information – Information pertinent to use should clearly be communicated,
regardless of sensory abilities. We can do this through ensuring proper tactile information, such as textured flooring provided at locations such as the top and bottom of stairs to indicate changes in the path of travel, this is especially important for those with vision loss.
Tolerance for Error – Minimizing risk of potential accidents. Including slip-resistant surfaces or changing curb cuts from one combined curb cut at a 45-degree angle to two curb cuts aligned with the crosswalk areas helps guides people intuitively into the safety of the crosswalk.
Low Physical Effort – Ensuring designs have minimal effort for its users, it should be comfortable and effective. Recommending items such as automated fixtures, showers and faucets and hardware such as decora or automated light switches, lever door handles automated doors.
Size and Space for Approach and Use – Including all body sizes, shapes, and capabilities into the design. Including ensuring enough space for turning and including wide enough passages such as doors and halls, so the space can easily be used without making unnecessary maneuvers around obstacles. Also ensuring counters and vanities have enough space for someone in a wheelchair to be able to get their knees under.