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How well are U.S. building codes serving universal design? What are the ramifications for usability and safety internationally? What can we do about it?

Designing for the 21st Century : An International Conference on Universal Design

Author: Pauls, J.
Year: 2000
Type: Conference Paper


A few decades of national design standards for accessibility, combined with accessibility scoping requirements in building codes as well as national requirements such as under the Americans with Disabilities Act, have helped to improve awareness, design competence, building construction and accessibility. However the promise of mainstreaming such accessibility provisions -- that is, Universal Design -- has not been realized, especially in homes. Even the first editions of the International Codes, slated for adoption across the USA beginning in 2000, leave much to be desired in terms of their development process, content, adoption and enforcement. How and why did this happen? What can and should be done to utilize more successfully the immense power of codes to advance universal design?

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Publish Location Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Publisher Adaptive Environments
Accession Number September, 2011
Notes Print retained
Keywords North America, regulation compliance, universal, design

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