Ireland'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.
Bathroom 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.
The 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.
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.
From 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 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.
The 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.
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- Universal Design: A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-creating Interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning, and Research
- ADA Guide for Lodging Owners & Operators
- Fair Housing Act Design Manual: A Manual to Assist Designers and Builders in Meeting the Accessibility Requirements of The Fair Housing Act
- The Universal Design File: Designing for People of All Ages and Abilities
- Open London: An Accessible London Guidebook
- Requirements For Interior Signs
- An Open Welcome: Why being accessible is good for your pub
- Unassisted Living
- Removing Barriers to Healthcare
- More Accessibility for North Carolina Tourist Sites
- Universal Design Ideas for Style, Comfort & Safety
- Removing Barriers to Health Clubs and Fitness Facilities
- Residential Design for Aging in Place
- Accessible Home Design: Architectural Solutions for the Wheelchair User
- Removing Barriers: Planning Meetings That Are Accessible To All Participants
- Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities
- Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy
- Best Practices In Accessible Tourism
- Inclusive Design: A Universal Need
- Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments
- Everyone's Welcome
- Accomodating All Guests
- Beautiful Universal Design: A Visual Guide
- Aging in Place 2.0 Workbook
- Aging in Place 2.0 Report
- The Do-Able Renewable Home
- International Best Practices for Universal Design: A Global Review
- Livable Communities: An Evalutation Guide
- Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers
- Stepping Thru Accessible Details
- Universal Design Handbook
- World Report on Disability
- Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits
- Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues
- FEMA Releases Guidance for Emergency Managers and Shelter Planners
- The State of the Science in Universal Design: Emerging Research and Developments
- Technical and Operational Challenges to Bus Rapid Transit: A Guide for Practitioners
- Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book
- Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities
- Just Below the Line: Disability, Housing, and Equity in the South
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