- Comfort, convenience, safety, and accessibility – regardless of age, stature, or ability – are the hallmarks of inclusive design, otherwise known as universal or barrier-free design.
- Occupational and physical therapists, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, building materials designers and manufacturers, residential equipment suppliers, home builders, new home salespeople, real estate agents, remodelers, renovators, durable medical equipment suppliers, trade contractors, home decor and furnishings, case managers, consumers, and others interested in creating accessible, barrier-free living spaces will benefit from the creative design concepts and practices presented to focus on developing effective solutions for many common elements found in our housing stock.
- The Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) courses (CAPS I, CAPS II, CAPS III) are not a pre-requisite for taking the Universal Design Essentials, but CAPS graduates will benefit by expanding into the broader spectrum of universal design that offers a much wider target audience and a broader range of solutions.
- The content covered in the CAPS classes is not duplicated in the Universal Design Essentials course so the background of the CAPS classes would be quite beneficial in understanding the universal design paradigm.
- Participants will be able to understand the designs, regardless of budget, can be incorporated into either new or existing housing to accommodate the widest ranges of physical needs and abilities and be both functional and attractive.
- Universal design is an expression of an inclusive concept that addresses and allows for essentially anyone or any ability to function well within a residential space.
- Many real-world examples are explored and evaluated.
- A large pdf reference document is included.
- CE (6-hours) credits are available for AIA, AIBD, AOTA, APTA, ASID, NKBA and others.