UD Designed with Everyone in Mind

Forward-thinking, innovative organizations succeed by staying relevant in the marketplace and enriching experiences for all – including the workforce. Disability Inclusion Solutions (DIS) brings project management expertise in Universal Design and digital accessibility strategies to build out fully accessible workplaces.

From the Disability Inclusion Blog: “Why you need to embrace Universal Design”

We’ve teamed with Progressive AE to bring our proprietary tools to assist your company in creating an inclusive environment that is designed with everyone in mind. With a team of 200 professionals and more than 65 years combined history as leaders in architecture and design, Progressive AE is an expert in creating buildings and spaces that meet the principles of Universal Design. Progressive AE designed and built the Mary Free Bed YMCA , the first building the world to receive certification in Universal Design from the Global Universal Design Commission.

As Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) board members, our team was instrumental in the development of the first Universal Design Standards in the US. Universal Design has the potential to make daily and work-life healthier, more productive, and friendlier. It requires continuous improvement toward the ultimate goal of full inclusion.

Universal Design as a process guided by 7 principles that enable and empower a diverse population.


7 Principals of Universal Design

1. “Diverse”
Equitable Use: The design is useful to people with disabilities

2. “Flexible”
Flexibility: The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities

3. “Intuitive”
Simple and intuitive: Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, or language skills.

4. “Perceptive”
Perceptible information: The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient condition or the user’s sensory abilities.

5. “Minimal Hazard”
Tolerance for error: The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

6. “Low Effort”
Low physical effort: The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with minimum fatigue.

7. “Appropriate Space”
Size and space: Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.

Working with DIS, your Universal Design certification process will be guided by an experienced team.

Michael Perry, AIA

Mike Perry is a licensed architect, principal and executive vice president of Progressive AE . He also serves on the board of directors for the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) where he was a reviewer for the current Universal Design standards. Mike was the principal architect for the Mary Free Bed YMCA, which was the first project in the world to be certified by the GUDC in 2015. His passion for Universal Design has resulted in a number of speaking engagements, as well as authorship of white papers and articles. As the principal-in-charge for Progressive AE, he oversees compliance with Universal Design standards, training, and coordinates closely with project manager Andrew Houghton.

Jessica Griffis, Senior Interior Designer | NCIDQ | IIDA | CDT

Jessica Griffis, interior designer, has worked with corporations across the country on workplace environments. She is an expert in understanding and applying furniture product from an ergonomic and user ability perspective. She is actively involved in evaluating workplace functionality from a Universal Design perspective, training, and developing components of the recommendations document.

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