UNIVERSAL DESIGN (often inclusive design) refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities.

The design of every Touched by Olivia project is underpinned by the principles of Universal Design. Listed below are some of our favourite resources. Do you have one you’d like to share? Please get in touch with us.

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  • Center for Universal Design NCSU The Center for Universal Design (CUD) at North Carolina State University is a national information, technical assistance, and research centre that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.  Our mission is to improve environments and products through design innovation, research, education and design assistance. For information specific to playspaces developed by Indiania University – click here.
  • Designing for All In summary, designing for all children asks us to more closely examine our values and beliefs and to learn to collaborate with others whose expertise may be different than our own. As much as we may be different, we are all alike in many ways. Designing for all children finds a way to support and encourage each child’s abilities, similarities, and uniqueness.