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IDeA Universal Design E-World Online Training Course - UD and Public Accommodations (03/08/2019 - 04/05/2019)

Mar 08 - Apr 05, 2019   |   Organized by: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA)


Date/Time: Start Date: March 8, 2019 | End Date: April 5, 2019

Location: Online Course

Description: This course introduces the basics of accessible design, a concept that preceded universal design. Public accommodations are a critical domain for universal design because they are the location of key social participation activities. This course discusses the historical background of accessible design, state-of-the-art accessibility in public accommodations today, and the need of universal design to supplement accessibility codes and standards. It describes universal design solutions for design process, public rights-of-way, site, parking areas, entries, space planning, ramps, stairs, restrooms, and business practices.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Describe the basic goal of accessible design from a social theory perspective.

  2. Explain what led to the universal design philosophy citing accessibility policies and examples of universal design in accessibility codes.

  3. Discuss the future of universal design practice as it relates to credentialing and identification of best practices.

  4. Identify ways in which universal design can be incorporated in public accommodations using specific universal design strategies and examples.


For information on student responsibilities, grading, and credits, see the course syllabus.

Registration Information

  • Dates/Times: Students will be responsible for completing 15 hours of work during a 4-week window (March 8 – April 5, 2019). There are no required sign in times; however, there are established due dates by which work must be completed.

  • Textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (Sold separately at: Wiley | Amazon)

  • CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEUs.