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Next month, nearly 10 years after its groundbreaking first edition, the second edition of the Universal Design Handbook (UDH) will be released in October. This one-stop, professional reference to designing products and facilities for older adults, people with disabilities, and children, was compiled by editor-in-chief, Wolfgang Preiser, and senior editor, Korydon Smith. The second edition of the UDH encompasses vision, touch and hearing, as well as cognitive and motor impairment-plus completely updated chapters and illustrations.

Thoroughly updated and packed with examples of global standards and design solutions, UDH covers the full scope of universal design, discussing how to develop media, products, buildings, and infrastructure for the widest range of human needs, preferences, and functioning. This pioneering work brings together a rich variety of expertise from around the world to discuss the extraordinary growth and changes in the universal design movement.

The UDH provides an overview of universal design premises and perspectives, and performance-based design criteria and guidelines. In addition, public and private spaces, products, and technologies are covered, and current and emerging research and teaching are explored. This unique resource includes analyses of historical and contemporary universal design issues from seven different countries, as well as a look at future trends. Students, advocates, policy makers, and design practitioners will get a theoretical grounding in and practical reference on the physical and social roles of universal design from this definitive volume.

This latest edition of the UDH also features the following examples:

  • Global coverage of policies, requirements, and case studies-including coverage of the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) design requirements.
  • Presentation of the full scope of universal design-from urban scale to multimedia.
  • Examples of standards and guidelines that architects and designers can use to create more universally accessible and usable environments.
  • Coverage of accommodation issues in case studies on residential (home building and remodeling), commercial, transportation, and educational facilities.
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • U.S. accessibility codes and standards, as well as life safety standards and guidelines.
  • Universal design implementations in Norway, Japan, France, Germany, Brazil, Italy, and the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Designing inclusive experiences, including outdoor play settings-as well as office and workspace design.
  • Products and technologies-including autos, web access, media, and digital content.
  • Universal design research initiatives, education, and performance assessments.

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