Some of the considerations are:
Wider doorways and halls
Accessible counter heights
Barrier free hardware and door handles
7 Principles of Universal Design
Equitable Use – The design does not disadvantage or stigmatize any group of users and is marketable to people with diverse abilities.
Flexibility in Use – The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences (i.e., L/R handed) and abilities; provides choice in methods of use.
Simple and Intuitive Use – Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level; eliminates unnecessary complexity.
Perceptible Information – The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities; uses pictures, audible, or tactical methods.
Tolerance for Error – The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended fatigue; elements most used should be most accessible, or fail-safe features included.
Low Physical Effort – The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.
Appropriate Size and Space – The appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use, regardless of the user’s body size, posture, or mobility.
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