Seven Principles of Universal Design

1.  Equitable Use

       The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

2.  Flexibility in Use

       The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

3.  Simple and Intuitive Use

       Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge,

       language, skills or current concentration level.

4.  Perceptible Information

       The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user,

       regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.

5.  Tolerance for Error

       The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

6.  Low physical Effort

       The design can be used efficiently, comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

7.  Size and Space for Approach and Use

       Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation and use,

       regardless of user's body size, posture or mobility.

Pull-out counters

Tap-touch faucets

Lever handles

     Ergonomic Tools


" How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,

how compassionate with the aged,

sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. 

Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. " 

- George Washington Carver