Stretching beyond the successes and challenges of universal design since the inception of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 and its amendment in 2008, Inclusive Design: A Universal Need details how an inclusive approach to design creates an accessible and aesthetically pleasing environment for a total population — not just the aging or differently abled. Fully covering CIDA accreditation standards that include both the application of ADA and universal design, the text further specifies the benefits of an inclusive approach to residential and commercial environments, product design and technology.
Floor plans for various design typologies demonstrating the application of inclusive design from homes to hospitals, offices, schools, shops, and theaters
Features focusing on specific challenges such as introducing universal design into historic preservation, aging in place, and creating homes and work environments conducive to activities for all generations and abilities
Design scenarios providing examples of how inclusive design can be applied to residential, commercial, and product design
Profiles including inclusive designer Michael Graves; motivational speaker and wheelchair user Rosemarie Rossetti, PhD; blind mountain climber Erick Weibenmayer; executive director of the Institute of Human Centered Design Valerie Fletcher; and other educators and leaders of organizations that promote inclusie design—a universal need
Foundations for Inclusive Design
Legislation That Precedes Inclusive Design
Integrating Inclusive Design into the Design Process
Inclusive Design for Products and Environments
Product Design and Inclusivity
Commercial Design—An Overview
Healthcare and Institutional Design
Hospitality, Retail, and Other Commercial Design
Advocates of Inclusive Design
Instructors and Students:
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Linda L. Nussbaumer
, PhD, NCIDQ Certificate No. 11160, CID, ASID, IDEC, is a Professor Emerita of the Interior Design Program in the Department of Consumer Sciences at South Dakota State University (SDSU). Before retiring May 2010, she was a full-professor teaching interior design and serving as Program Coordinator and Assistant Department Head. She continues to teach through online courses for SDSU and Radford University. Awards received include the Honorary Faculty Marshall for 2010 graduation, Teacher of the Year in 2009, Women of Distinction Faculty Award in 2008, and Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004. Nussbaumer practiced in the interior design field and is a Certified Interior Designer in Minnesota. Her research has been published in various journals on topics that revolve around interior design education, indoor air quality, multiple chemical sensitivity, housing for baby boomers, and design of nursing homes. She is also a CIDA site visitor and actively involved in IDEC.