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Online Continuing Education Courses Begin October 20, 2014 in New York

The IDeA Center has 11 online courses in its continuing education program, most offering 15 hours of continuing education credit. Register anytime! The following 3 courses begin October 20, 2014: Design for Human Performance This course examines the concept of human performance, the ability of people to complete activities and tasks, through the investigation of the four key bodies of knowledge that make up human performance: anthropometry, biomechanics, perception, and cognition. Each body of knowledge is summarized in relation to universal design, and key strategies for design are provided. Note: This course replaces Human Factors 1 & 2. U.S. Architects will receive 15 CEU Credits for completion of this course.

UD and Housing 1: Policy and Trends This course is an introduction to the basic concerns of accessibility and the building codes and standards that address accessibility in housing. The course begins with an overview of accessible housing policies, such as the set-aside approach and adaptable housing, and important trends in housing policy such as visitability. The needs of aging individuals in the housing market are explored as well as the importance of the neighborhood in the universal design of housing. U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

UD and Products The first half of this course describes an overview on usability problems with products in the home and office and introduces an innovative method to evaluate product usability in a manner that is consistent with the goals of universal design. The second half of the course focuses on the nature of the relationship between assistive technology and consumer product design, as well as reasons why AT products struggle to break into the consumer market. Case studies of products that started out serving special niche markets but have made their way into the larger consumer market are discussed to illustrate how assistive technologies can be more marketable if conceived as universal designs.

All courses require the textbook, Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments, by Edward Steinfeld and Jordana Maisel. The book is available in print and in e-book. The same textbook is used in multiple courses, so you only need to buy once. You must receive delivery of the textbook prior to the start of the course. No refunds will be granted for failure to obtain the textbook on time.
Buy online at: Amazon, Wiley, Barnes and Noble Online, or many others.

Registration is always open. To enroll in the October 20 courses, please register by October 17.
The courses will last 4-weeks, 10/20 - 11/16. There is no required log-in time so you can take the courses on your schedule. Courses require about 15 hours of study over the 4-week period, including readings, videos, discussion, projects, and tests. Courses cost $250 (USD) each, plus the cost of textbook.
Please visit our website for more information, or contact Jonathan White at or (716) 829-5907.


Mon 20 Oct 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
3435 Main Street, 114 Diefendorf Hall, Buffalo, New York 14214


Courses cost $250 (USD) each, plus the cost of textbook.


Name Jonathan White
Phone (716) 829-5907.
Link UD Course List (Archived)

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