The Seven Principles of Universal Design were compiled in 1997 by The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. The principles are:
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 and 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.
For a full explanation of the principles and examples, visit the North Carolina State University Center for Universal Design at tinyurl.com/leoeq5e.
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