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We appreciate your interests in Universal Design, a global movement of inclusive design practice initiated at NC State University College of Design. The Center for Universal Design is currently not active due to funding challenges. We are working to revive the Center, hopefully in the near future. We are unable at this time to provide assistance to your design inquiries.

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Activities include applied research studies on human factors and user needs, usability of accessible and universally designed products and environments, and the impact of universal design.

The Center:

  • Advances knowledge of universal design principles
  • Identifies user needs
  • Conducts design and market research
  • Evaluates universal design solution



We find solutions to specific accessibility needs at various levels of design-e.g., whole houses, buildings, spaces or products-and provide design development services for universally usable products, building components and spaces.

The Center:

  • Provides concept development for new products
  • Conducts architectural and product evaluations
  • Plan Consultation
  • Provides design and marketing assistance to business and industry



The Center's education program provides courses, workshops and presentations for students, advocates, builders, designers, engineers, service providers and government agencies.

The Center:

  • Develops post-secondary curricula Conducts seminars and workshops Develops and conducts training programs
  • Assists in program development



The outreach program collects, develops and disseminates information on all aspects of accessibility and universal design.

The Center:

  • Develops materials and publications Provides telephone information and referral servicesMaintains a library, referral database and comprehensive website
  • Provides informational presentations


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