Universal Design 101 Why You Should Adopt Universal Designs & Tips for


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Universal design is not a decor strategy, instead, it is the concept of developing a space that is inherently accessible to everyone, regardless of the age or any disability. Let's take a closer look at the benefits of implementing universal design in your workplace.


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Universal Design 101: Why You Should Adopt Universal Designs Tips for Creating More Accessible Spaces Universal design is not a decor strategy instead it is the concept of developing a space that is inherently accessible to everyone regardless of the age or any disability. Lets take a closer look at the benefits of implementing universal design in your workplace. 1. It Creates a Strong First Impression Clients and visitors who are comfortable in your front office are bound to view your company more positively. By focusing on the needs of every human being the universal design provides a frictionless experience for people as they walk through your doors. Comfortable seating clearly labelled signs and optimal lighting keeps your guests in a good mood and puts them in a position of responsiveness during meetings. 2. It Increases Usability Creating a universally accessible space increases usability for everyone that means less frustration more productivity and fewer costs in the workplace. Universal workplace design can help improve the flexibility of your space as well. Having components like modular office furniture office storage cabinets ramps alongside stairs and small office desks can aid both people who use wheelchairs as well as those who need to conduct specific tasks during the day. 3. It Reduces Risks of Injuries

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A workplace built on universal design principles can greatly improve office safety. Design elements like hand-rails low-height small filing cabinets modular office furniture and intelligent lightning power lowers the risk of injury when employees or visitors engage with that space. A universal office design also helps in cases where people in the workplace are injured or those who need crutches or are suffering from hearing loss. It is imperative to note that a universal design also assists with building compliance as many components like braille signage might be required by law in your area of operations. 4. It Promotes a Sense of Inclusiveness Offices are commonly used to express the ideals and branding of an organization. Incorporating design features that improve accessibility sends a strong message that your organization values both diversity and safety. Effective implementation of universal designs in your workspace opens up a lot of new opportunities for engagement with people who may have specific disabilities or unique circumstances. This as a result allows you to work with a greater number of skilled employees regardless of any accessibility issues they might have. Tips for Creating More Accessible Spaces 1. Understand Accessibility Needs Everyone should be able to gain access to the building and use the facilities there regardless of their level of disability. With this in mind it is key to include basic office features such as ample handrails accessible washrooms and adjustable workstations in your office workspace. 2. Accessible Restrooms Restroom design plays an essential role in venue accessibility but it is often overlooked. For example restrooms with wheelchair accessible signage often are not any more accessible than ordinary stalls. Specifically making a bathroom stall only slightly higher isnt a solution to accessibility. This is because there also needs to be ample space for a wheelchair to fit in turn around and move along with a number of other hardware considerations. 3. Office Accessibility Creating a workplace where people feel comfortable and cared for is key to promoting employee engagement and productivity. That is why it is imperative to design a workplace that emphasizes on universal design. A universal design concept ensures that your staff and team members don’t have to ask for special treatments and design changes as per their needs to be met. Instead universal office design anticipates potential challenges and eliminates them. Equipping your workplace with modular office furniture is another way to adhere to universal design principles. Height adjustable office workstations accessible plug

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sockets low-height office storage cabinets and adjustable monitor arms all help accommodate people with varying needs. Other Working Are Tips: -  Make sure that power ports are easily accessible on the top of office workstations eliminating the need for staff to kneel down or crawl under desks.  There is enough space between office desks to allow a wheelchair user to use any desk not just the corner one.  Keep walkways clear and minimize clutter someone with a visual impairment may not register everything.  Use changes in carpet texture in order to facilitate self-guided wayfinding. Bottom Line The universal design ultimately rests on creating spaces that can serve a larger purpose for a wide range of individuals with special needs. By implementing this approach your company can benefit from improving usability safety better company branding and more diverse talent.

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