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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.


Please note that many resources on this web site are in PDF format. Though PDF files are not currently universally accessible, some circumstances necessitate the use of this format. As the Center for Universal Design works to make valuable resources available via the web, already PDF-formatted files might be posted until these resources can be converted to other formats.

Though the Center for Universal Design web site strives to only list materials that are available in .HTML format, .TXT format or other equally accessible formats, sometimes resources are identified that are solely in PDF format and are too important to ignore. In the cases where a resource is only available in .PDF, a link will be provided identifying resources that aid in accessing PDF files. There is ongoing research and development on PDF files accessibility and we are tracking this. Periodically we will re-evaluate the efficacy of including PDF documents.

PDF FILE ACCESS: Users will require Adobe Acrobat Viewer in order to view and print such documents. Adobe Acrobat Reader is free and can be downloaded from:

General instructions for Viewing PDF Files will guide you if you are unfamiliar with PDF-formatted files.

Since PDF documents may not be readily accessible to screen readers and may not be formatted for visually impaired users, the following tools can be used to convert PDF documents into plain text or plain HTML documents.
"Converting PDF to a more Accessible Format"
"Resources for Creating Accessible PDF"


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