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BOOKS

Now Available:

Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book

Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

The new standard text on the topic, Universal Design introduces designers to the principles and practice of designing for all people. From the foundations of accessibility and aging to the practice of designing interiors, products, housing and transportation systems, all aspects of this growing field are explored. It covers best practice examples to demonstrate the value of universal design as both a survey of the field and reference for researchers.

You can purchase a copy at or Wiley, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book

Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book (W.W. Norton & Co.) was released in April 2010 and is a resource for designing communities to accommodate social diversity and provide equitable opportunities for all residents, or, inclusive design. It focuses on design of housing to provide accessibility to people with disabilities and, at the same time, provide benefits to all residents. The book emerged out of a lengthy discussion within the Congress of New Urbanism about accessible housing design in the urban context. This discussion identified the need for information that would help incorporate accessibility for people with disabilities into neighborhood and housing design practices without compromising other important design goals.

You can view its listings and/or preorder it now at the websites listed below:



The State of the Science: Emerging Research and Developments in Universal Design

The State of the Science: Emerging Research and Developments in Universal Design (Bentham Sciences Publishers Ltd.) contains the latest research related to universal design that was presented at the RERC-UD’s State of the Science events. The publication also emphasizes the growing need for evidence-based practice in the field. It also identifies and prioritizes future research needs.

Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book

Visitability: An Inclusive Design Approach for Housing provides a summary of the goals, benefits, and features of inclusive housing design. It includes an excerpt from the the book entitled Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book. Excerpts from the book along with an annotated version of the new ICC/ANSI A117.1 Type C visitability standards will give you a better understanding of what visitability is and why it is important to housing design.

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AccessBuildingforPeoplewithWalkingandReachingLimitations Accessible Buildings: For People with Walking and Reach Limitations
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Universal Design New York [PDF Version]
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Universal Design New York 2 [PDF Version]
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Universal Design Identity Program Final Report
Visit-ability: An Approach to Universal Design in Housing

Visit-ability:An Approach to Universal Design in Housing

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ARTICLES BY TOPIC

 

Anthropometry | Assessments and Tools | Benefits and Effectiveness of UD | Codes and Standards | Cold Weather Living | Education and Training | Housing | Interface Design | Product Usability Testing | Safety | Stairway Design | Transportation | UD | Vision | Visitability | 1995/1996 Special Interest Forum

Anthropometry

Brindle, E., Koontz, A.,M., Kankipati, P., Feathers, D. (2009). Factors that effect the drivability of power wheelchairs and scooters, Procceedings of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, CD-Rom, June 23-27, 2009.

Drury, C., Koontz, A., Feathers, D., Kankipati, P., Paquet, V. and Lin, J-F. (2009). Controllability of manual and powered wheelchairs for spinal cord injury users. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, September 22-26, 2008.

D’Souza, C., Paquet, V., and Steinfeld, E. (2012). Clearance space envelopes of wheeled mobility device users for computer workstations.In HFES (Ed.), 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) (pp. 2373-2377). Boston, MA: HFES.

D'Souza, C., Paquet, V., Steinfeld, E., & Feathers, D. (2010). Anthropometric data visualization tools to improve accessibility of built environments. In: Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2010 AHFE International, Miami, Florida, Taylor & Francis, Ltd.

D’Souza, C., Steinfeld, E., Paquet, V., & Feathers, D. (2010). Space requirements for wheeled mobility devices in public transportation: An analysis of clear floor space requirements. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

D’Souza, C., Steinfeld, E., & Paquet, V. (2009). Functional reach abilities of wheeled mobility device users: toward inclusive design. Proceedings of the 2009 International conference on Inclusive Design, INCLUDE 2009, ISBN 978-1-905000-80-7, Royal College of Art, London, UK, April 2009.

D’Souza, C., Steinfeld, E., & Paquet, V. (2009). Functional reach for wheeled mobility device users: A comparison with ADA-ABA guidelines for accessibility. In: Proceedings of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference 2009, New Orleans, June 2009.

D'Souza, C., Feathers, D., & Paquet, V. (2007). Constructing three-dimensional models of individuals and their wheeled mobility devices from landmark data, Technical Paper 2007-01-2494. Paper presented at the 2007 SAE Digital Human Modeling.

D’Souza, C., Feathers, D., & Paquet, V. (2007). Developing and modeling three-dimensional digital models of individuals and their wheeled mobility device. Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Symposium. 2007-DHM-53. SAE International.

Feathers, D. (2009). Mitigating anthropometric measurement variation: Applied tolerances for static anthropometric landmark digitizations in three-dimensional space. In: Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Ergonomics: An International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress..

Feathers, D. (2005). Digital human modeling and measurement considerations for wheeled mobility device users. In: SAE 2004 Transactions, Journal of Aerospace, Vol. 113-1. SAE International.

Feathers, D. (2004). Digital human modeling and measurement considerations for wheeled mobility device users. In: Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Symposium. 2004-01-2135. SAE International.

Feathers, D. and Paquet, V. (2006). Three-dimensional variability of static anthropometric dimensions: Considering anatomy, behavior and process. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting (pp. 1380-1383).

Feathers, D., Paquet, V. (2006). Three-dimensional variability of static anthropometric dimensions: Considering anatomy, behavior and process, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 49th Annual Meeting.

Feathers, D., Paquet, V., & Drury C. (2004). Measurement consistency and three-dimensional electromechanical anthropometry, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 33(3): 181-190.

Feathers, D., Paquet, V., & Drury, C. (2002). Effects of automation of measurement error and consistency in anthropometry. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 46th Annual Meeting (pp. 1215-1219).

Feathers, D., Paquet, V., & Polzin, J. (2002). Reliability of structural anthropometric measurements with traditional and semi-automated approaches. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 46th Annual Meeting.

Feathers, D., Paquet, V., & Steinfeld, E. (2004). Anthropometry manual for three dimensional measurement. Buffalo, NY: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access.

Feathers, D., Polzin, J., Paquet, V., Lenker, J. and Steinfeld, E. (2001). Comparison of traditional and electromechanical approaches for structural anthropometric data collection. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 45th Annual Meeting (pp. 1036-1039).

Feathers, D. and Steinfeld, E. (2008). Subjective ratings of accessibility using full-scale bathroom environments. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52nd Annual Meeting. (pp. 723-727).

Joseph, C., D'Souza, C., Paquet, V., and Feathers, D. (2010). Comparison of hand grip strength between wheeled mobility device users and non-disabled adults. In Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2010 AHFE International, Miami, Florida, Taylor and Francis, Ltd.

Jui-Feng, L. Drury, C. and Paquet, V (2006). A quantitative methodology for assessment of wheelchair controllability. In ? (Ed.), Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California: HFES.

Koontz, A., M., Brindle, E. D., Kankipati, P., Feathers, D., & Cooper, R. A. (2010). Design features that affect the maneuverability of wheelchairs and scooters. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 91(5), 759-764.

Lenker, J. and Paquet, V. (2001) Alternative approaches to sampling for anthropometric studies of persons with disability, Proceedings of Anthropometrics of Disability: An International Workshop, (11-1)-(11-7).

Paquet, V. (2009). Moving from accommodation to universal design. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, September 22-26, 2008.

Paquet, V. (2006). Effective use of observations for job analysis for ergonomics practice. In ? (Ed.), Proceedings of the 15th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association.

Paquet, V. and Feathers, D. (2004). An anthropometric study of manual and powered wheelchair users. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 33(3), 191 - 204.

Paquet, V. and Feathers, D. (2004). Anthropometry. In: W. Bainbridge (Ed.), Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 26-31). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group.

Paquet, V., Feathers, D. and Lenker, J. (2001). Three-dimensional measurements, semi-standardized postures and clothing: structural anthropometric methods for persons with disabilities. In: Proceedings of Anthropometrics of Disability: An International Workshop, (8-1)-(8-9).

Paquet, V. and Steinfeld, E. (2010). 'Preface', Assistive Technology, 22: 1, 1 — 2
To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/10400430903501371

Paquet, V. and Steinfeld (2004). Space Requirements for Wheeled Mobility: An International Workshop. Final Project Report to the U.S. Access Board, March, 2004.

Steinfeld, E. (2004). Modeling spatial interaction in anthropometric research. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 33(3), pp. 265-278.

Steinfeld, E., D'Souza, C., & Maisel, J. (2010). Clear Floor Space For Contemporary Wheeled Mobility Users. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2010), Hong Kong, June 2-4, 2010.

Steinfeld, E., D'Souza, C., Paquet, V., and White, J. (2010). Clear floor area for wheeled mobility users. In Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2010 AHFE International, Miami, Florida, Taylor and Francis, Ltd.

Steinfeld, E. and Feathers, D. (2006). Space requirements for aging wheeled mobility users. In: International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence.

Steinfeld, E., Lenker, J., Paquet, V. (2002). Anthropometrics of Disability: An International Workshop. Final Project Report to the U.S. Access Board, February, 2002.

Steinfeld, E., Maisel, J., and Joseph, C. ad Maisel, J. (2010). Anthropometry of wheeled mobility: Final Report. Buffalo, NY: IDEA Center.

Steinfeld, E., Maisel, J., Feathers, D. and D'Souza, C. (2010). 'Anthropometry and Standards for Wheeled Mobility: An International Comparison', Assistive Technology, 22: 1, 51 — 67. To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/10400430903520280

Steinfeld, E., Maisel, J., Feathers, D., & D’Souza, C. (2009). Standards and anthropometry for wheeled mobility. Buffalo: NY: IDeA Center.

Steinfeld, E., Maisel, J., & Feathers, D. (2006). Wheeled mobility space requirements and maneuvering: An International Comparison of Standards and Research. Paper presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Steinfeld, E., Maisel, J., & Feathers, D. (2006). Anthropometry and standards for wheeled mobility: An international comparison. Buffalo, NY: IDEA Center.

Steinfeld, E., Maisel, J., & Feathers, D. (2006). Wheeled mobility space requirements and maneuvering: An International Comparison of Standards and Research. In: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference.

Steinfeld, E., Paquet, V., & Feathers, D. (2004). Space requirements for wheeled mobility devices. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting.

Steinfeld, E., Paquet, V., Lenker, J., D'Souza, C., & Maisel, J. (2010). Universal Design Research on Boarding and Using Buses. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2010), Hong Kong, June 2-4, 2010.

Steinfeld, E., Paquet, V. and Lenker, J. (2002) New development in the anthropometry of wheelchair users. Proceedings of the Universal Design 2002 Conference, Yokahoma, Japan.


Assessments and Tools

Basnak, M. (2014). Architectural Practice in Small Towns: A Study of the Architect-Client Relationship in the Western Erie Canal Region. Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Bieri, Rohde, Danford, Steinfeld, Snyder, and Triolo (2004). Development of a new assessment of effort and assistance in standing pivot transfers with functional electrical stimulation. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. Volume 23, 226-231.

Bieri, Triolo, Danford, & Steinfeld (2000). A Functional Performance Measure for Effort and Assistance Required for Sit-to-Stand and Standing Pivot Transfer Maneuvers. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. Spring 2000, Volume 23, 3. *

Bieri, Triolo, Danford & Steinfeld (2000). A Measure of Functional Performance for Sit-to-Stand and Standing Pivot Transfer Maneuvers. Proceedings of the 2nd National VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Service. Washington, DC: VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, 185. *

Chau, A., Dionne, T., Lenker, J., Paquet, V., Nasarwanji, M. (2008). Disability simulation as a tool for product usability testing. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Human Factors Inter-University Student Conference. Buffalo, NY.

Danford, G.S., and Steinfeld, E. (1999). Measuring the Influences of Physical Environments on the Behaviors of People with Impairments. In E. Steinfeld & S. Danford (Eds.) Measuring Enabling Environments. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. 111-137.

Maisel, J. L. (2014). Factors Influencing Outdoor Walking Activity in Older Adults. Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Steinfeld, E., and Danford, G.S. (2000). Measuring Handicapping Environments. In G. Gresham (Ed.) Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement: The State of the Art in the Year 2000 (Special issue), Journal of Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement, Volume 4:4, 5-8.

Steinfeld, E., and Danford, G.S. (Eds.) (1999). Measuring Enabling Environments. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Steinfeld, E. , and Danford, G.S. (1999). Theory as a Basis for Research on Handicapping Environments. In E. Steinfeld, E. , and Danford, G.S. (Eds.) Measuring Enabling Environments. In E. Steinfeld & S. Danford (Eds.) Measuring Enabling Environments. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. 11-33.

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Benefits/Effectiveness of Universal Design

Danford, G. S., Grimble, M. D., Maisel, J. L. (2009). Benchmarking the Effectiveness of Universal Design. Leadership in Architectural Research between Academia and the Profession. San Antonio, Texas: The Architectural Research Centers Consortium.

Danford, G.S. (2004). Assessing the benefits of universal design in fast food restaurants. Proceedings of the International Conference on Design for the 21st Century, Forum 3: 1-5.

Danford, G. S. (2001). The claimed benefits of universal design: A case study demonstration. 2001 International Poster Session: Selected Projects. Washington, DC: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 6.

Danford, G.S. and Maurer, J. (2005). Empirical tests of the claimed benefits of universal design. Proceedings of the Thirty-sixth Annual International Conference of the Environment Design Research Association. Edmond, OK: Environmental Design Research Association, 123-128.

Danford, G. S. and Maurer, J. (2004). Perceptions and performance as indicators of universal design’s claimed benefits. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1106-1109.

Danford, G.S., Grimble, M. and Maisel, J. (in press). Benchmarking the effectiveness of universal design. Leadership in Architectural Research Between Academia and the Profession. San Antonio, TX: Architectural Research Centers Consortium.

Danford, G.S., Grimble, M. and Maisel, J. (in press). Case studies and evidence-based practice: Benchmarking the effectiveness of universal design. State of the Science: Emerging Research and Developments in Universal Design. Oak Park, Illinois: Bentham Science Ltd.

Steinfeld, E., D'Souza, C., and White, J. (2014). Developing evidence-based standards: A case study in knowledge translation. Assistive Technology Research Series, 35, 89 - 98.

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Codes and Standards

Fernie G, Dutta T, Li Y, Hsu J. 2008. Minimum Standards for New Dwellings to Facilitate Aging in Place. In J. A. Veitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1st Canadian Building and Health Sciences Workshop (pp. 57-64). Ottawa, ON: National Research Council of Canada.

Steinfeld, E., D'Souza, C., White, J. (2014). Developing Evidence-Based Standards: A Case Study in Knowledge Translation. Assistive Technology Research Series, 35, 89-98.

Steinfeld, E., & Levine, D. (1998). Technical Report: CABO/ANSI A117.1 Standard. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

Steinfeld, E. (2006). The fair housing act. In G.L. Albrecht (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Disability (pp. ??). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.

Steinfeld, E. and Salmen, J. (2005). Accessibility codes and standards. In G.L. Albrecht (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Disability (pp. 13-16). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.

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Cold Weather Living

Boubalos, J., Murnaghan, L.M., Alman, B.A., Howard, A., Kelley, S., Narayanan, U., Fernie, G., Li, Y (2013). Slippery Slope: An Analysis of Crutch Ambulation in Winter Conditions. Proceedings of 68th COA Annual Meeting. Winnipeg, Canada: COA.

Denbeigh, K. (2013). Slips During Gait on Winter Surfaces: Evaluation of Ice Cleat Design and Slip Definition. Toronto, Canada: Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto.

Duta, T., Hsu, J., Li, Y., and Fernie, G. (2008). Ambulatory monitoring of plantar pressure for detecting difficulty of walking on ice. Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Canada.

Hsu, J., Li, Y., Dutta, T., Fernie, G (2013). Measuring performance of slip resistant winter footwear on snowy and icy slopes. 2014 National Fall Prevention conference. Toronto, Canada.

Hsu, J., Li, Y., Fernie, G. (2013). Effectiveness of footwear on icy slopes and cross-slopes.In JNIOSH (Ed.), Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Fall Prevention and Protection (pp. ?). Tokyo, Japan: JNIOSH.

Li, Y., Alshaer, H., Fernie, G. (2009). Blood pressure and thermal responses to repeated whole body cold exposure: Effect of winter clothing. European Journal of Applied Physiology. vol. 107, no. 6, December, pp 673-685.

Li, Y., Fernie, G. (2010). Pedestrian behavior and safety on a two-stage crossing with a center refuge island and the effect of winter weather on pedestrian compliance rate. Accid. Anal. Prev. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2010.01.004

Li, Y., Hill, S.W., Row, B., McIlroy, W.E., Mihailidis, A. and Fernie, G.R. (2007). Walk in the cold: Body temperature and heart rate during North American winter. Journal of Biomechanics 40(S2) XXI ISB Congress, Podium Sessions, Tuesday 3 July 2007.

Li, Y., Hsu, J.A. & Fernie, G. (2013). Aging and the Use of Pedestrian Facilities in Winter—The Need for Improved Design and Better Technology. JOURNAL OF URBAN HEALTH-BULLETIN OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE, n/a, 1-16.

Li, Y., Katchky, A., Dutta, T., and Fernie, G. (2014). Effects of slope and contamination on the perception of ramp slipperiness in winter conditions.In Yenssen, L., and Scott, V. (Ed.), Watch Your Step: 2014 National Fall Prevention Conference. Toronto, ON: unknown.

Li, Y., Ohri, V., Boubalos, J., Hsu, J., Murnaghan, L.M., Fernie, G (2013). Use of assistive mobility devices in winter, what we’ve learned and what we plan to learn. Falls and Mobility Network annual meeting. Toronto, Canada.

Li Y., Pavri, S.N., Boger, J., Mihailidis, A., Fernie, G. (2007). Pedestrian behaviors at signalized crosswalk - effect of temperature and time of day. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging (ICTA). Toronto, Canada, June 16-19, pp378.

Li, Y., Snoek, J., Mihailidis, A. and Fernie, G. (2007). Temperature and pedestrians walking speed. Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Canada.

Murnaghan, L.M., Alman, B.A., Howard, A., Kelley, S., Narayanan, U., Fernie, G., Li, Y. (2013). Slippery Slope: An Analysis of Crutch Ambulation in Winter Conditions.In COA (Ed.), 68th COA Annual Meeting (pp. ?). Winnipeg, Canada: Canadian Orthopaedic Association.

Murnaghan, L.M., Alman, B.A., Howard, A., Kelley, S., Narayanan, U., Fernie, G., Li, Y. (2013). Children's use of crutches in winter.In POSNA (Ed.), POSNA Annual Meeting (pp. ?). Toronto, Canada: Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Murnaghan, L.M., Boubalos, J., Li, Y., Kelley, S., Alman, B.A., Narayanan, U., Fernie, G. (2014). Slippery Slope: The safety of crutch ambulation in winter conditions. 2014 POSNA Annual Meeting. Hollywood, California: POSNA.

Ohri, V. (2013). Developing Test Methods for the Evaluation of Scooter Performance in Winter Conditions. Toronto, Canada: Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering University of Toronto.

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Education/Training

Smith, K., Berlanda,T. (2013). Place-Based Pedagogies: Reflections on a Partnership between U.S. and Rwanda Architecture Programs. In CCTL (Ed.), 12th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning. Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY: 12th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning.

Smith, K., Smith, C. (2013). Non-Career Teachers in the Design Studio: Economics, Pedagogy, and Teacher Development. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ART & DESIGN EDUCATION, 31, 90-104.

Tauke, B., Steinfeld, E., Basnak, M. (2014). Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive Design in Graduate Architecture. Assistive Technology Research Series, 35, 419-420.

Tauke, B. (2007). Studying difference: A university general education course on universal design. Abacus: Journal of Architecture, Conservation and Urban Studies, n/a, 1-6.

Tauke, B. (2007). Universal design identity program. In ?? (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference for Universal Design (pp. ??). Kyoto, Japan: International Association of Universal Design.

Tauke, B. (2006). Universal design leadership initiative: Universal design identity project final report. Washington, D.C: National Endowment for the Arts.

Tauke, B. (2005). Parallel processing: Teaching assistants in the beginning design studio. In unknown (Ed.), 21st National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (pp. 1). San Antonio, TX: unknown.

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Housing/Aging in Place/Housing Features

Steinfeld, E., & Danford, G.S. (1993). Automated Doors: Towards Universal Design. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

Shea, S. M., Chur, K., & McBride, M.E. (n.d.). Architectural Barriers To Normalization: The Acoustic Environment of Group Homes. Buffalo, NY: Center for Assistive Technology / IDeA Center, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Steinfeld, E. & Shea, S. (n.d.). Enabling Home Environments: Strategies for Aging in Place. Buffalo, NY: Rehabilitation Research Center on Aging, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Mullick, A. (n.d.). Bathing For Older People With Disabilities. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

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Interface Design

Gardiner, S., Tomasic, A., Zimmerman, J. (2013). Mixer: Learning Relational Web Extraction Interactively from a Crowd, IMLW 2013.In IUI (Ed.), Proceedings of the Interactive Machine Learning Workshop at IUI 2013 (pp. 46-47). Santa Monica, CA: ACM..

Huang, Y., Tomasic, A., An, Y., Garrod, C., and Steinfeld, A. (2013). Energy Efficient and Accuracy Aware (E2A2) Location Services via Crowdsourcing. 9th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (pp. 436-443). Lyon, France: WiMob.

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Product Usability Testing/Post Occupancy Evaluations

Chau, A., Dionne, T., Lenker, J., Paquet, V. and Nasarwanji, M. (2008). Disability simulation as a tool for product usability testing. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Human Factors Inter-University Student Conference. Buffalo, NY.

Danford, G. S. (2003). Universal design: Evaluation of a model building by persons with vision, hearing and mobility impairments. In Amy Horowitz & Cynthia Stuen (Eds.), Special Issue on Aging and the Senses, Generations. Volume XXVII, No.1 (Spring), 91-94.

ElKony, H. and Danford, G. S. (2004). The performance prediction model: In quest of an inclusive approach for evaluating person-environment transactions. Proceedings of the Thirty-fifth Annual International Conference of the Environment Design Research Association. Edmond, OK: Environmental Design Research Association, Inc., 33-40.

Landau, S., Steinfeld, E., Subryan, H. (2012). Interactive Multisensory Models: A Research and Development Project.In 4th International Conference for Universal Design (Ed.), Proceedings at the 4th International Conference for Universal Design (pp. ?). Fukuoka, Japan: International Association for Universal Design.

Lenker, J., Nasarwanji, M., Paquet, V., Feathers, D. (2011). A tool for rapid assessment of product usability and universal design: Development and preliminary psychometric testing. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.

Lenker, J., Feathers, D., Nasarwanji, M. and Paquet, V. (2008). Perspectives of elders on product usability in the home. Proceedings of the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, St. Petersburg, February 20-23.

Lenker, J.A., Harris, F., Taugher, M., & Smith, R.O.. (2013). Consumer Perspectives on the Acquisition and Impact of Assistive Technology. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ?, ?.

Lenker, J.A., Narsarwanji, M., Paquet, V., Feathers, D., (2008). Usability of consumer products in the home by adult wheelchair users. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics. Las Vegas, NV.

Mortenson, W.B., Demers, L., Fuhrer, M., Jutai, J., Lenker, J.A., & DeRuyter, F. (2013). Effects of an assistive technology intervention on older adults with disabilities and their informal caregivers: An exploratory randomized control trial. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION, 92, 297-306.

Mortenson, W.B., Demers, L., Fuhrer, M., Jutai, J., Lenker, J.A., & DeRuyter, F. (2012). How assistive technology use by individuals with disabilities impacts their caregivers: A systematic review of the research evidence. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 91, 984-998.

Nasarwanji, M., Paquet, V. L., Feathers, D. J., Lenker, J. A. (2008). Usability study of a powered lift for wheelchair users. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Volume 52, Number 11, pp. 719-722. New York, NY: HFES.

Nasarwanji, M., Feathers, D., Lenker, J. and Paquet, V. (2008). A multi-method approach to the usability evaluation of assistive technology devices. In: International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence Conference.

Paquet, V., Lenker, J., Feathers, J., Nasarwanji, M. (2008). Incorporating the principles of universal design into assessment of product usability. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Paquet, V., Nasarwanji, M., Lenker, J. and Feathers, D. (2008). Incorporation of universal design into mainstream consumer product design processes. In: International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence.

Subryan, H. (2009) Universally Designed Tactile Maps: Carroll Center for the Blind Interactive Model Case Study. Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access.

Vazquez, M. & Steinfeld, A. (2012). Helping visually impaired users properly aim a camera. In Huenerfauth, M., Kurniawan, S. (Ed.), International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 95-102). New York, NY: ACM.

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Safety

Steinfeld, E. (2006). Emergency evacuation of people with disabilities. Journal of Security Education, 2, 107-118.

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Stairway Design

Hay, T. F., Barkow, B., & Behavioural Team (Firm). (1985). Personal and building factors in stair safety: Accident reduction methods in homes, at work, and in public places. Toronto: Behavioural Team.

Kim, K., Steinfeld, E. (2014). The Effects of Glass Stair Treads on Stair Users in a Retail Store. 2014 National Fall Prevention conference. Toronto, Canada.

Kim, K., Steinfeld, E. (2014). The Effects of Interactive Stairways on User Behavior and Safety. Assistive Technology Research Series, 35, 157-166.

Kim, K. (2014). Contemporary Practices in Stairway Design: Behavior of Stair Users in Public Buildings. Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Novak, A., Dutta, T., Li, Y., Fernie, G (2014). Preventing falls in 'high risk' environments in the home and community (workshop). 2014 National Fall Prevention conference. Toronto, Canada.

Novak, A.C., Komisar, V., Maki, B.E., Fernie, G.R. (2014). Age-related differences in dynamic balance control during stair descent and effect of varying step geometry. 2014 National Fall Prevention conference. Toronto, Canada.

Novak, A.C., Komisar, V., Maki, B.E., Fernie, G.R. (2013). Age-related effects of varying step geometry and biomechanical falls risk during stair descent. International Conference on Fall Protection and Prevention. Tokyo, Japan.

Novak, A.C., Fernie, G.R. (2013). Effect of varying step geometry on biomechanical risk factors of falls during stair descent: a pilot study in healthy young and older adults. XXIV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics 2013. Natal, Brazil.

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Transportation

Ayoob, E., Andrianoff, T., Aziz, R. D., & Steinfeld, A. (2010). Interaction development for a public transit rider reporting system. Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference, Miami, FL, July 17-20, 2010.

Bareria, P., D’Souza, C., Paquet, V., Lenker, J., and Steinfeld, E. (2012). Performance of visually impaired users during simulated boarding and alighting on low-floor buses. In HFES (Ed.), Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (HFES) (pp. 656-660). Boston, MA: HFES.

D'Souza, C. (2014). Modeling of Accessibility and User Performance for Inclusive Transit Bus Design. SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, 7, 50-58.

D'Souza, C. (2014). Modeling of Accessibility and User Performance for Inclusive Transit Bus Design. Proceedings of the 2014 SAE World Congress. Detroit, MI: SAE International.

D’Souza, C., Zhu, X. (2014). Ambulation Aid Use and User Performance for Transit Vehicle Interior Design. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL: HFES.

D'Souza, C., Steinfeld, E., Paquet, V., & Feathers, D. (2010). Space requirements for wheeled mobility devices in public transportation: An analysis of clear floor space requirements. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

D'Souza, C., Steinfeld, E., Paquet, V., & Feathers, D. (2010). Space requirements for wheeled mobility devices in public transportation: An analysis of clear floor space requirements. Proceedings of the 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January, 2010.

D’Souza, C., Paquet, V., Steinfeld, E. & Lenker, J. (2012). Performance of Walking Aid Users during Laboratory-Based Environmental Simulations of Boarding and Alighting Low-Floor Buses. Submitted to the Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2012, Recife, Brazil, February 2012.

Maisel, J. L., Damle, U., & Lenker, J. (2010). Systematic Review of Research on Boarding and Disembarking. Transportation Research Board 2010 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: Transportation Research Board.

Paquet, V., Joseph, C. & D’Souza, C. (2012). Computer Re-sampling to Develop Representative User Populations when Applying Anthropometry in Design. Submitted to the Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2012, Recife, Brazil, February 2012.

Steinfeld, A. (2010). Ethics and policy implications for inclusive intelligent transportation systems. Second International Symposium on Quality of Life Technology.

Steinfeld, A., Aziz, R., Von Dehsen, L., Park, S. Y., Maisel, J., & Steinfeld, E. (2010). Modality preference for rider reports on transit accessibility problems. Transportation Research Board 2010 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: Transportation Research Board.

Steinfeld, A., Aziz, R., Von Dehsen, L., Park, S. Y., Maisel, J., & Steinfeld, E. (2010).The value and acceptance of citizen science to promote transit accessibility, Journal of Technology and Disability, 22(1-2), 73-81. IOS Press.

Steinfeld, A., Maisel, J. L., & Steinfeld, E. (2009). The value of citizen science to promote transit accessibility. First International Symposium on Quality of Life Technology.

Steinfeld, A., Steinfeld, E. (2013). State of the Science Report: The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation. Pittsburgh, PA: RERC-APT.

Steinfeld, E., D'Souza, C., & Maisel, J. (2010). Clear Floor Space For Contemporary Wheeled Mobility Users. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2010), Hong Kong, June 2-4, 2010.

Steinfeld, A., Rao, S. L., Tran, A., Zimmerman, J., & Tomasic, A. (2012). Co-producing value through public transit information services.In Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (Ed.), International Conference on Human Side of Service Engineering. (Co-Located with Intl Conf on AHFE). San Francisco, CA: AHFE.

Steinfeld, E., Paquet, V., Lenker, J., D'Souza, C., and Bareria, P. (2013). Universal design research on boarding and using buses.In S. Skavlid; H. P. Olsen (Ed.), Universal design as process (pp. ?). Oslo, Norway: Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs.

Steinfeld, E., Paquet, V., Lenker, J., D'Souza, C., & Maisel, J. (2010). Universal Design Research on Boarding and Using Buses. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2010), Hong Kong, June 2-4, 2010.

Steinfeld, A., Zimmerman, J., Tomasic, A. (2013). Bringing Customers Back into Transportation: Citizen-Driven Transit Service Innovation via Social Computing. In S. Bregman, K. E. Watkins (Ed.), Best Practices for Transportation Agency Use of Social Media (pp. 164-174). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Tomasic, A., Steinfeld, A., Zimmerman, J., Huang, Y. (2014). The influence of quid-pro-quo on time-sensitive crowdsourcing. acm (pp. 979-988). Baltimore, Maryland, USA: ACM.

Yoo, D., Zimmerman, J., Hirsch, T. (2013). Probing bus stop for insights on transit co-design.In CHI (Ed.), Proceeding CHI '13 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 409-418). New York, NY: ACM.

Yoo, D., Zimmerman, J., Steinfeld, A., & Tomasic, A. (2010). Understanding the space for co-design in riders’ interactions with a transit service, Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Atlanta, GA, April 10-15, 2010.

Universal Design

Danford, G.S. and Steinfeld, E. (2006). Universal design and the business case. White Paper Commissioned by Destiny USA. Buffalo, NY: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access.

Danford, G.S. and Steinfeld, E. (2006). Universal design and the building case. Buffalo, NY: Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access.

Danford, G.S. and Tauke, B. (Eds.). (2001). Universal design New York. New York: Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, The City of New York.

Steinfeld, E. (2013). Creating an inclusive environment.In S. Skavlid, H.P. Olsen, and A.K. Haugeto (Ed.), Trends in Universal Design (pp. 52-57). Oslo, Norway: The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs and The Delta Centre.

Steinfeld, E. (2013). Innovation and universal design.In S. Skavlid, H.P. Olsen, and A.K. Haugeto (Ed.), Trends in Universal Design (pp. 28-35). Oslo, Norway: The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs and The Delta Centre.

Steinfeld, E. (2013). From accessibility to inclusion. In S. Skavlid; H. P. Olsen (Ed.), Universal design as process (pp. ?). Oslo, Norway: Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs.

Steinfeld, E. (2013). From regulation to innovation. In S. Skavlid; H. P. Olsen (Ed.), Universal design as process (pp. ?). Oslo, Norway: Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs.

Steinfeld, E. (2013). Time to Think Differently. Washington, DC: American Architectural Foundation.

Steinfeld, E. (2008). Universal design – practice and method. In A. Helal, et al. (Eds.) Technology for Aging, Disability and Independence. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons.

Steinfeld, E. (2008). The concept of universal design. uiGarden, http://www.uigarden.net.

Steinfeld, E. (2006, Spring). Universal design: Investing in aging. Newsletter of the network on environments, services and technologies for maximizing independence, 13, 1,8.

Steinfeld, E. (1994). The Concept of Universal Design. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

Steinfeld, E. and Bjork, E. (2014). Universal design and international study. UD2014 Conference Proceedings. Lund, Sweden: Lund University.

Tauke, B. (2014). House of Sense Memory. In I. Ludtke (Ed.), Lost in Space (pp. 70-79). Basel, Switzerland: Burkhauser.

Tauke, B. (2008). Universal design: The time is now. uiGarden, http://www.uigarden.net.

Tauke, B. (2008). Universal design - A declaration of independence. In E. Feddersen, Ludtke (Ed.), Housing for the Elderly - A Design Manual (pp. 1-5). unk: Birkhauser Press.

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Vision

Babu RJ, Strong JG, Leat SJ, Irving EL. (2009). The Effect of Age and a Pop Out Distracter on the Attended Field of View (AFOV) With Divided Attention Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2009 Annual Meeting May 05, 2009.

Hernandez-Luna CP, Babu R, Strong JG, Irving EL. (2009). New Attended Field of View (AFOV) test Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2009 Annual Meeting May 06, 2009.

Hooper PL, Jutai JW, Strong JG, and Russell-Minda E. (2008). Age-related macular degeneration and low vision rehabilitation: a systematic review. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 43, 2, 180-187.

Huber JG, Jutai JW, Strong JG, Plotkin AD. (2008). Psychosocial Impact of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Devices in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

Strong ,G., Jutai, J., Plotkin, A. and Bevers, P. (2008). Competitive enablement: A consumer-oriented approach to device selection in device-assisted vision rehabilitation. In WC. Mann (Ed.), Selected Papers from the 4th International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence (pp. 175-195). Florida: University of Florida.

Strong JG, Jutai JW, Russell-Minda E, and Evans M. (2008). Driving and low vision: An evidence-based review of rehabilitation. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

Strong JG, Jutai JW, Russell-Minda E, and Evans M. (2008). Driving and low vision: Validity of assessments for predicting driver performance. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

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Visitability

Maisel, J. (2010). The evolution of universal design in housing in the United States: Toward visitability and pattern books. In W. Preiser and K. Smith (eds.). Universal Design Handbook (2nd edition). New York: McGraw Hill.

Maisel, J. (2007). Visitability: A major no-step towards accessible housing. Planning Commissioner's Journal, 66.

Maisel, J. (2006). Inclusive housing and neighborhood design: A look at visitability. Progressive Planning Magazine, 167, 35-37.

Maisel, J. (2006). Toward inclusive housing and neighborhood design: A look at visitability. Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, 31, 26-34.

Maisel, J., Smith, E., and Steinfeld, E. (2008). Increasing home access: Designing for Visitability. Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Report.

Maisel, J. and Steinfeld, E. (2006). Visitability. In G.L. Albrecht (Ed.), Visitability (pp. ??). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.

Smith, E., and Green, N. (2013). Libby and the Cape of Visitability. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

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1995/1996 Special Interest Forum Articles

Special Interest Forum. (1996). Accessible Appliances and Universal Design. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

Special Interest Forum. (1996). Home Modifications and the Fair Housing Law. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

Special Interest Forum. (1995). House Automation, Fair Housing and Universal Design. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

Special Interest Forum. (1995). Accessible Plumbing Fixtures and Accessories. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

Special Interest Forum. (1995). Toward Universal Design in Cabinetry. Buffalo, NY: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning SUNY/Buffalo.

 

 


PRODUCTS

Gallery of Bright Ideas: Consumers and home designers often request information about these products.

Unlimited by Design Exhibit: This exhibit provides an overview of universal design with over 300 products, most of which are currently available.

Universal Design Product Collection: This is an archive of professional photographs of products that were in the Unlimited by Design Exhibit at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.

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COMPUTER-BASED INSTRUCTION MODULES

Continuing Education Online
Universal Design Education Online


 

VIDEOS AND DVDs

Fair Housing Means Universal Design I, with an emphasis on bathrooms

This 26 minute videotape is intended to improve awareness of the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines contained in the 1988 Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1968. It is directed to all building and construction professionals (e.g. architects, interior designers, engineers, developers, contractors) and virtually anyone concerned with housing design. The program illustrates the value of the Guidelines, how small adjustments in design go a long way toward enhancing independence and how universal design helps make finished housing desirable to a wide audience. Included with the video is a presentation guide that summarizes the major points in the video and expands upon several technical details. The guide also suggests questions in order to help presenters lead a discussion about the issues of fair housing and universal design.


Fair Housing Means Universal Design II, with an emphasis on kitchens

This 22 minute videotape is intended to improve awareness of the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines contained in the 1988 Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1968. It is directed to all building and construction professionals (e.g. architects, interior designers, engineers, developers, contractors) and virtually anyone concerned with housing design. The program illustrates the value of the Guidelines, how small adjustments in design go a long way toward enhancing independence and how universal design helps make finished housing desirable to a wide audience. Included with the video is a presentation guide that summarizes the major points in the video and expands upon several technical details. The guide also suggests questions in order to help presenters lead a discussion about the issues of fair housing and universal design.

Searching for Universal Design Video

This 15 minute VHS videotape was produced to demonstrate how the theme of universal design can be used as a general vehicle for teaching a studio design course in architecture or related disciplines. It documents a one semester studio curriculum that was initiated in the Department of Architecture, SUNY, Buffalo in Fall of 1993 with a class of over 40 undergraduate architecture students. The goals, activities and impact of the program are presented. Several design projects, including buildings and products are illustrated and discussed by the participating faculty. This videotape is a valuable introduction to universal design for both faculty and design students. The curriculum was supported in part by a grant from Adaptive Environment's Universal Design Education Project. An article describing this curriculum development program was published in Strategies for Teaching Universal Design, Polly Welch (ed.), Adaptive Environments, Boston.

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TECHNICAL AND RESEARCH REPORTS

Accessible Elementary Schools: This booklet was developed through a research and development project in the late 1970’s. It provides guidance on how to make existing school buildings accessible using examples from real buildings.

Methods for Teaching Barrier Free Design: This booklet was developed in 1990 to describe educational activities at the University at Buffalo’s Department of Architecture led by Edward Steinfeld that explored different approaches to teaching accessible designs.

Hands-on Architecture: This research report describes a study completed at the IDeA Center that developed a knowledge base on design for accommodating arm and grip limitations.

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