Free Booklets Provide UD Guidance

Building for Everyone BookIreland's Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has produced a series of 10 booklets providing guidance on how to design, build and manage buildings and spaces so that they can be readily accessed and used by everyone, regardless of age, size, ability or disability. Together the booklets make up Building for Everyone: A Universal Design Approach, which can be downloaded as an accessible PDF for free. 

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Planning Guide for Accessible Bathrooms

Bobrick Planning Guide for Accessible RestroomsBathroom fixture manufacturer Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc. has put together a Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms for planners, architects, designers, specifiers, building owners and facilities/property managers. The planning guide covers the accessible bathroom requirements in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and the 2009 revision of ICC A117.1/ANSI Standards. It is important to remember that this guide is Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.'s interpretation of these legal codes. The guide is only of an advisory nature and is not a substitute for the study and understanding of the two accessibility standards that are referenced. Even so, the planning guide may be a useful starting point for people interested in learning more about accessible bathrooms that meet the requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards and the 2009 ICC A117.1/ANSI Standards.

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Smart and Sustainable Homes: Design Objectives

design objectivesThe Queensland Department of Public Works' Smart and Sustainable Homes: Design Objectives offers a "triple bottom line" design approach for designing sustainable homes. This three-tiered plan focuses on the economical, environmental and social implications of design with the social tier taking a look at safe and secure universal design.

Read more about Design Objectives

Accessible Instructional Materials: A Technical Guide for Families and Advocates

Children using different AIM. This guide, produces by the PACER Center and CAST, provides an introduction to accessible instructional materials (AIM.) The guide covers what AIM are available, why a student may need AIM, the process for making decisions about AIM, and what supports are necessary to effectively utilize them. Also includes what types of specialized formats are available and how to promote their use. Downloads of single copies are for personal, noncommercial use only. For permission to reprint multiple copies or to order presentation-ready copies for distribution, use the links below.
Reprint Request form & Publication Order form

Read the full guide at Accessible Instructional Materials.

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The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities

Book Cover for The Accessible HomeFrom the January 2013 Universal Design Newsletter

Designing an accessible home tailored to meet the residents' needs requires a close collaboration between design professionals and homeowners, both of whom will find value in Deborah Pierce's new book, The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities. This guide to accessible homes provides enough detail to inspire design professionals searching for ways to better serve their clients, while being straightforward enough to educate average homeowners about features that can make their lives easier.

The Accessible Home

Accessible Disaster Relief Housing

Trailer with pull-out that can be used for emergency housing.The draft of a new manual designed to assist designers and builders in creating emergency, transportable accessible housing is currently under review by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With a working title of "Design Details for Accessible Disaster Relief Housing," the document articulates the elements of design for a variety of portable housing units that will allow them to comply with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design and the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards.

Accessible Disaster Relief Housing

SEGD 2012 ADA White Paper Update: Signage Requirements in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design

SEGD LOGOThe Society of Environmental Graphic Design's (SEGD) ADA Committee recently released a comprehensive guide to signage requirements outlined in the federal government's 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. The white paper defines and interprets new guidelines and for conformance and includes illustrations depicting how new rules and requirements can be met. The SEGD 2012 ADA White Paper Update is free to SEGD members, while non-members can purchase the report for $100.

More information about signage requirements.


  1. EZ AT
  2. Universal Design: A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-creating Interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning, and Research
  3. ADA Guide for Lodging Owners & Operators
  4. Fair Housing Act Design Manual: A Manual to Assist Designers and Builders in Meeting the Accessibility Requirements of The Fair Housing Act
  5. The Universal Design File: Designing for People of All Ages and Abilities
  6. Open London: An Accessible London Guidebook
  7. Requirements For Interior Signs
  8. An Open Welcome: Why being accessible is good for your pub
  9. Unassisted Living
  10. Removing Barriers to Healthcare
  11. More Accessibility for North Carolina Tourist Sites
  12. Universal Design Ideas for Style, Comfort & Safety
  13. Removing Barriers to Health Clubs and Fitness Facilities
  14. Residential Design for Aging in Place
  15. Accessible Home Design: Architectural Solutions for the Wheelchair User
  16. Removing Barriers: Planning Meetings That Are Accessible To All Participants
  17. Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities
  18. Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy
  19. Best Practices In Accessible Tourism
  20. Inclusive Design: A Universal Need
  21. Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments
  22. Everyone's Welcome
  23. Accomodating All Guests
  24. Beautiful Universal Design: A Visual Guide
  25. Aging in Place 2.0 Workbook
  26. Aging in Place 2.0 Report
  27. The Do-Able Renewable Home
  28. International Best Practices for Universal Design: A Global Review
  29. Livable Communities: An Evalutation Guide
  30. Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers
  31. Stepping Thru Accessible Details
  32. Universal Design Handbook
  33. World Report on Disability
  34. Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits
  35. Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues
  36. FEMA Releases Guidance for Emergency Managers and Shelter Planners
  37. The State of the Science in Universal Design: Emerging Research and Developments
  38. Technical and Operational Challenges to Bus Rapid Transit: A Guide for Practitioners
  39. Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book
  40. Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities
  41. Just Below the Line: Disability, Housing, and Equity in the South


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