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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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The Center for Universal Design has produced many publications to aid individuals, designers, builders, and government entities implement Universal Design.  Many of these are available in print, though increasingly, more of these publications are now available on our website in PDF format.  The publications are organized by the categories listed below.  When you click on each link, you will be taken to a page where detail is given for each publication -- including what formats it is available in and links to a PDF version, if available.

You can also download the Center for Universal Design Publication List (pdf) in its entirety.   For your convenience, an order form is already included as part of this document.  For those of you who will be placing an order (and have not downloaded the complete publication list), you can download an order form by clicking on “Order Form” in the top menu.

For those individuals solely interested in the publications available in PDF for download, we have created Center of Universal Design PDF Publications.
Public Facilities

Publications that address making sure that Temporary Events, Childcare Facilities, Meetings, Health Care and Health Clubs are all accessible

Construction Details

Technical Construction Sheets, how to construct a Curbless Shower and Wood Ramp Design resources

Federal and State Accessibility Requirements and Standards

ADA Standards, the Fair Housing Act, Multifamily Housing (including North Carolina Building Code support) and Transportation are all explained


This is the place for information on accessible bathrooms, accessible kitchens and ensuring that other areas of a house are accessible, home automation, apartment modifications, universal and accessible house plans and an informative resource publication “UD in Housing”

Product Usability

Consumer product guides for door hardware to vacuum cleaners and two tools that have been developed for evaluating the usability of products

Universal Design

For more information on Universal Design, the Principles of Universal Design, examples of Universal Design (Exemplars), product case studies that focus on Universal Design and Housing and Universal Design, check out this area


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