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Welcome to the the Universal Design E-World: An interactive community for professionals, educators, and students interested in learning and contributing to the advancement of Universal Design.
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Getting Started
Select the heading below to learn more about each step.

STEP 1: DISCOVER what our online courses have to offer

Continuing education courses in universal design

Our online courses are for everyone: advocates, builders and contractors, planners, architects, occupational and physical therapists, and policymakers. Our expert staff will give anyone interested in the universal design of places, products, and systems the foundation needed to recognize, understand, appreciate, apply, and advocate for universal design in their homes, offices, and communities. The courses address the principles and knowledge bases relevant to solving many design problems using case studies to demonstrate the value of universal design.

All courses supplement their textbook (sold separately) with online video lectures (provided with transcripts), additional reading material, exams, projects, and a discussion board that connects students from around the world. Students will study independently while the instructor acts as guide and facilitator, assisting students with their studies and projects, and reviewing the progress of each student.

Students should expect to complete about 15 hours of work over a 4-week period. The course is asynchronous so there are no required sign in times. Students who complete all course materials will receive a certificate of completion for each course completed and a special certificate for completing all 11 courses. U.S. Architects will receive 15 hours of CEU credit (HSW) for completing qualifying courses.

Use the “Upcoming Courses” tab above to see course descriptions for the courses starting soon. Use the “All Courses” tab to see all course descriptions.

 

STEP 2: Order TEXTBOOK

Publications

Prior to the start of the course, you must receive delivery of the appropriate textbook for your course (see course descriptions). No refunds will be granted for failure to obtain the textbook on time.

Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments
Unless otherwise noted below, 15-hour courses require the textbook Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments, by Edward Steinfeld and Jordana Maisel. The book is available in print and in e-book format. The same textbook is used in multiple courses, so you can skip this step if you already own this textbook.

Purchase online at: Amazon, Wiley, or Barnes and Noble Online.

Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book
UD & Housing 2: Design Applications requires the textbook: Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book, by Edward Steinfeld and Jonathan White. The book is available in print format only.

Purchase online at: Amazon, Norton, or Barnes and Noble Online.

 

STEP 3: Select courses & REGISTER

After receiving delivery of the required textbook, select a course from the “Upcoming Courses” or “All Courses” tab above. Then, select "Add Course to Cart," and provide the required payment information.

Note: If name of student is different from name on credit card, please email jrwhite2@buffalo.edu with name on card, student name, and student email address.

 

STEP 4: SIGN IN to access course content

Use the link below to access course content using the email address and password we provide (email sent 2-4 days before course start date). Note: You will use a Google-powered @udeworld.com “email address” provided by us; not your personal email address. You will not be able to send or receive emails from the account we create. Before signing in, please be sure you sign out of any personal Google accounts. If you have difficulty signing in, try using our step-by-step instructions.

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Upcoming Courses

The following courses start soon. Click the course name to learn more and register.

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UD and Housing 2: Design Applications (01/12/2015 - 02/08/2015)

Attached rowhouses made of brick with zero step entries

This course provides tools and examples to help architects introduce accessibility and design for aging in place into new and existing communities without compromising aesthetic character and other design goals. The course provides resources for architects and urban designers to help them create accessible neighborhoods, blocks, lots, and homes. The course illustrates how the goals of universal design are compatible with the goals of developing livable, healthy, and sustainable neighborhoods. Examples demonstrate how universal design is possible in many different types of neighborhoods and housing forms, including traditional neighborhood and housing design.

Registration Deadline: 01/09/2015
Start Date: 01/12/2015 | End Date: 02/08/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

UD and Public Transportation (01/12/2015 - 02/08/2015)

people walking along sidewalk with public bus along road

Public transportation plays an important role in an inclusive society. This course examines strategies for introducing universal design in public transportation systems from terminals to vehicle design and addresses the broader issue of service design. It teaches best practices in providing information, barrier-free boarding, fare payment, and other elements of transit systems. Case studies highlight the benefits of a universal design approach to public transportation systems.


Registration Deadline: 01/09/2015
Start Date: 01/12/2015 | End Date: 02/08/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

Design for Health, Wellness, & Social Participation (01/12/2015 - 02/08/2015)

Design for Health, Wellness, adn Social Participation

Health and wellness are generally accepted indicators of quality of life and well-being and serve as the foundations of positive living. Good health allows individuals to engage in the community, interact with family and friends, and fulfill their potential. A lack of social interaction can have a dehumanizing effect. Universal design practices and policies can eliminate barriers and offer innovative solutions to help facilitate and promote health, wellness, and social participation. This course will teach design solutions for injury and disease prevention, positive mental health, and ensuring access to resources.

Registration Deadline: 01/09/2015
Start Date: 01/12/2015 | End Date: 02/08/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

All Courses

The following courses are listed in the recommended order of completion; however, you may take the courses in any order. Click the course name to learn more and register.

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Defining Universal Design (03/23/2015 - 04/19/2015)

Defining Universal Design

This course introduces students to the definition of universal design and the philosophy behind its concept. Students explore the social meaning of barriers in architecture learn about universal design as a means to remove unnecessary barriers to social participation. The course describes the birth of the concept of universal design out of the disability rights movement, utilizes case studies and examples to examine the development and power of universal design, and envisions the future of the universal design philosophy. The course builds upon the definition of universal design through the identification of seven basic Principles of Universal Design and eight Goals of Universal Design.

Registration Deadline: 03/20/2015
Start Date: 3/23/2015 | End Date: 04/19/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
 

Practicing Universal Design (06/01/2015-06/28/2015)

practicing universal design

This course provides background material to understand disability demographics and, specifically, the aging of post-industrialized societies. A closer look at demography demonstrates how the field can support universal design practice, and assist in the identification of emerging end user trends and important design issues. Furthermore, this course explores the emergence of universal design practices in a range of professions. Universal design is presented as an example of innovation. The process and mechanisms of innovation diffusion are studied in relation to universal design, and strategies for increasing the adoption of universal design are examined. Note: This course replaces Core Courses 1 & 2.

Registration Deadline: 05/29/2015
Start Date: 06/01/2015 | End Date: 06/28/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

Design for Human Performance (08/10/2015 - 09/06/2015)

Design for Human Performance

This course examines the concept of human performance (the ability of people to complete activities and tasks) through the investigation of the four key bodies of knowledge related to human performance: anthropometry, biomechanics, perception, and cognition. The course summarizes each body of knowledge in terms of its relationship to universal design, and provides key design strategies for each.

Registration Deadline: 08/07/2015
Start Date: 08/10/2015 | End Date: 09/06/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

Design for Health, Wellness, & Social Participation (01/12/2015 - 02/08/2015)

Design for Health, Wellness, adn Social Participation

Health and wellness are generally accepted indicators of quality of life and well-being and serve as the foundations of positive living. Good health allows individuals to engage in the community, interact with family and friends, and fulfill their potential. A lack of social interaction can have a dehumanizing effect. Universal design practices and policies can eliminate barriers and offer innovative solutions to help facilitate and promote health, wellness, and social participation. This course will teach design solutions for injury and disease prevention, positive mental health, and ensuring access to resources.

Registration Deadline: 01/09/2015
Start Date: 01/12/2015 | End Date: 02/08/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

UD and Public Accommodations (03/23/2015 - 04/19/2015)

UD and Public Accommodations

This course introduces the basics of accessible design, a concept that preceded universal design. Public accommodations are a critical domain for universal design because they are the location of key social participation activities. This course discusses the historical background of accessible design, state-of-the-art accessibility in public accommodations today, and the need for universal design to supplement accessibility codes and standards. The course describes universal design strategies for the design process and business practices, as well as the design of public rights-of-way, site, parking areas, entries, space planning, ramps, stairs, and restrooms.

Registration Deadline: 03/20/2015
Start Date: 3/23/2015 | End Date: 04/19/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

UD and Housing 1: Policy and Trends (03/23/2015 - 04/19/2015)

UD and Housing

This course is an introduction to the basics of accessible design and building codes and standards for housing. The course provides an overview of accessible housing policies, such as the set-aside approach and adaptable housing, as well as important trends in housing policy such as visitability. Students explore the needs of aging individuals in the housing market and the importance of the neighborhood in the universal design of housing.


Registration Deadline: 03/20/2015
Start Date: 3/23/2015 | End Date: 04/19/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

UD and Housing 2: Design Applications (01/12/2015 - 02/08/2015)

Attached rowhouses made of brick with zero step entries

This course provides tools and examples to help architects introduce accessibility and design for aging in place into new and existing communities without compromising aesthetic character and other design goals. The course provides resources for architects and urban designers to help them create accessible neighborhoods, blocks, lots, and homes. The course illustrates how the goals of universal design are compatible with the goals of developing livable, healthy, and sustainable neighborhoods. Examples demonstrate how universal design is possible in many different types of neighborhoods and housing forms, including traditional neighborhood and housing design.

Registration Deadline: 01/09/2015
Start Date: 01/12/2015 | End Date: 02/08/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

UD and Home Modifications (03/23/2015 - 04/19/2015)

design blueprint

This course examines the role that home modifications play in improving the fit between people and their homes. It describes the primary goals of home modifications and the policies and methods of home assessment. Additionally, it discusses several common home modifications and case studies to exemplify both good and bad home modifications.

Registration Deadline: 03/20/2015
Start Date: 3/23/2015 | End Date: 04/19/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

UD and Interior Environments (06/01/2015 - 06/28/2015)

ud and interior environments

Interior design decisions affect the quality of life of building users. This course explores the role of the designer in creating inclusive environments for both residential and public buildings by focusing on six key elements of the interior: wayfinding, acoustics, lighting, color, furnishings, and floor coverings. The course provides an in-depth look at each of these elements and ways in which each can positively contribute to health, inclusion in public life, safety, and psychological and emotional well-being.

Registration Deadline: 05/29/2015
Start Date: 06/01/2015 | End Date: 06/28/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

 

UD and Products (08/10/2015 - 09/06/2015)

ud products

The first half of this course describes an overview on usability problems with products in the home and office and introduces an innovative method to evaluate product usability in a manner that is consistent with the goals of universal design. The second half of the course focuses on the nature of the relationship between assistive technology and consumer product design, as well as reasons why AT products struggle to break into the consumer market. Case studies of products that started out serving special niche markets but have made their way into the larger consumer market are discussed to illustrate how assistive technologies can be more marketable if conceived as universal designs.
Course Date: 08/10/2015 - 09/06/2015
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

UD and Public Transportation (01/12/2015 - 02/08/2015)

people walking along sidewalk with public bus along road

Public transportation plays an important role in an inclusive society. This course examines strategies for introducing universal design in public transportation systems from terminals to vehicle design and addresses the broader issue of service design. It teaches best practices in providing information, barrier-free boarding, fare payment, and other elements of transit systems. Case studies highlight the benefits of a universal design approach to public transportation systems.


Registration Deadline: 01/09/2015
Start Date: 01/12/2015 | End Date: 02/08/2015
Cost: $250 (USD), plus cost of textbook (sold separately)
CEUs: U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.