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Universal Design

Universal design, a term coined by architect and designer Ron Mace, is the design of products and services that are accessible and functional for as many persons as possible, regardless of their age or ability, without the need for adaptation, or if needed, easily adaptable according to different individual requirements. Universal design has a positive effect on society as a whole because everyone—not only persons with a disability—can benefit from it. It meets the needs of persons with different abilities, which means it offers better conditions to all users of a product, service, building, transit system, or urban space. This will be even more important in the future as a result of the increase in life expectancy, which allows more people to live longer, increasing ...

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