Design for all

"States Parties undertake to undertake or promote research and development of universally designed goods, services, equipment and facilities, which should require the minimum possible adaptation and the least cost to meet the specific needs of a person with disabilities, to promote their availability and use, and to promote universal design in the development of standards and guidelines” UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 4(1)(f)"

Design for all is “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialised design”.

The 7 principles are:

  1. Equitable use. The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

  2. Flexibility in use. The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

  3. Simple and intuitive use. Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

  4. Perceptible information. The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.

  5. Tolerance for error. The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

  6. Low physical effort. The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

  7. Size and space for approach and use. Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user's body size, posture, or mobility.

Source: The Centre for Universal Design of the North Caroline State University

Mandate 473

The Standardisation Mandate 473 to include “Design for All” in relevant standardization initiatives issued by the European Commission in 2010 aims at addressing the inclusion of accessibility in the manufacturing process for manufactured goods and service provisions following design for all approach. This mandate is not expected to deliver a standard on a specific topic, but to review different standards related to built environment, information and communication technologies, healthcare and long term care, environment, transport and packaging, household goods, sport and leisure, and find a way to assist manufacturers and service providers on how to take the needs of persons with disabilities into account when designing their products and services.

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