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Construction and Design Guide: ADA and Universal Design

ADA and Universal Design

"Universal Design is an approach to design that incorporates products as well as building features which, to the greatest extent possible, can be used by everyone." Ron Mace, The Center for Universal Design. "Accessibility" addresses the needs of a few people with separate circumstances from those of the public at large. (From the DSA Universal Design Web site, State of California).

Search terms

Use the Library's catalogs to find books and Indexes to find articles.

Architecture, Domestic -- United States
Barrier-free design
Barrier-free design for children with disabilities
Dwellings -- Barrier-free design
Homeless persons--Housing
Low-income housing

Older people -- Dwellings
Older people -- Housing
People with Disabilities -- Dwellings
People with disabilities -- Housing
Public housing

Shelters for the homeless -- United States
Sociology of disability
Universal Design

Regulatory Resources - Americans with Disabilities Act

Print Resources

Online Resouces

Regulatory Resources - Americans with Disabilities Act Codes

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

For web-based dictionaries and encyclopedias see Electronic Resources.

Selected Journals

Online Resources

Print Resources

  • Design for aging review. Washington, DC: American Institute of Architects. A biannual competition that showcases facilities that improve quality of life for the aging while exhibiting innovation in their design and execution. The Design for Aging Review program, a joint effort of the AIA and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, includes a juried exhibition, a companion book, and education programs. The program encompasses a broad view of facilities designed for senior citizens, including nursing homes, dementia care, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities.

  • Access by design : the journal of the Centre for Accessible Environments. London : Centre for Accessible Environments, 

  • Access currents : current news from the U.S. Access Board. Washington, DC : United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. (2002-2011). More recent updates at United States Access Board.

Human Dimension/Ergonomics

Use for measurement, scale, human comfort, social environment, for more resources use search terms in the catalogs and indexes.

Barrier-Free, Accessible, and Universal Design

Design for Community

Design Guides & Handbooks