Universal Design for Libraries

May 23, 2022, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


The presentation provides basic level introduction to the concept of universal design for those with little or no prior knowledge of the concept. The presentation includes:

  1. Overview of the IDEA Center (the premier Research & Development center on accessibility and

    universal design in the United States.)

  2. Differences between Universal Design and Accessibility

  3. The 8 Goals of Universal Design

    1. Beneficiaries of Universal Design

    2. The business case for Universal Design

  4. Examples of Universal Design in Libraries

    1. ADA Issues in Libraries

    2. Library Design Case Studies

  5. Resources to implement Universal Design

  6. Q&A


Presenter (Updated): Krista Macy, Assoc. AIA is an Architectural Design Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access with experience in design for accessibility, sustainable and universal design. She is engaged in diverse research projects intended to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. Her recent activities include designing home modifications and conducting accessibility and universal design assessments for industry partners.


This webinar will be recorded.


This webinar is supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 


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