Universal Design is the designing of products so that they can accessed by anyone, whether or not they have a disability. Universal Design is not a substitution for accessibility.
Accessibility is an effort on the part of the designers and manufacturers to design a product or building that can be accessed by a person with special needs resulting from conditions such as:
There are numerous steps that must be considered with the aid of an expert in order to make facilities and products more accessible to users.
-A thorough understanding of the complex legislation accompanying the ADA (American Disabilities Act) is required to successfully and legally meet their needs.
-All necessary changes must be carefully identified, planned, and budgeted.
-All reasonable solutions must be devised.
-Barriers to the changes should be prioritized and addressed in that order.
-All actions should be documented and constantly reevaluated.
-Put an action plan in place.
-Continue to follow the rules set forth by the ADA.