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The Blanck Group worked in collaboration with its partners at the Center for Universal Design, a national research information and technical assistance center that develops, promotes and evaluates accessible universal design in housing, buildings and outdoor and urban environments.
Because they don't have requirements to meet certain standards, this means the university's disability service office is being pre-emptive as opposed to waiting for a problem," points out Sean Vance, director of The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Ronald Mace, an architect and director of the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University, first coined the term Universal Design to refer to the concept of simplifying life for everyone by making products, communication systems, and the "built environment" more usable by more people at little or no extra cost (Bowe, 2000).
Center for Universal Design College of Design North Carolina State University Box 8613 Raleigh, NC 27695-8613 Tel: 800-647-6777 Fax: 915-515-3023 E-mail: <cud@ncsu.
Resources include industry leaders such as the Center for Universal Design, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Principles of Universal Design were conceived and developed by The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University.
The Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University, Box 8613, Raleigh, NC 27695-8613; 800-647-6777; www.
Universal design is defined by the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University as "the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.