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Unless otherwise noted, all courses require the textbook, Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments, by Edward Steinfeld and Jordana Maisel. The book is available in print and in e-book. The same textbook is used in multiple courses, so you only need to buy once. You must receive delivery of the textbook prior to the start of the course. No refunds will be granted for failure to obtain the textbook on time.

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The following courses will start Jan 12, 2015 . Please register by Jan. 9, 2015 .

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UD and Housing 2: Design Applications (1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015)

Attached rowhouses made of brick with zero step entriesThis course presents a new resource for designing communities and housing that accommodate social diversity. Its primary reading, Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book, provides tools and examples to help architects introduce accessibility and design for aging in place into new and existing communities without compromising aesthetic character and other design goals. It emphasizes that design for an aging population is an important consideration for producing a sustainable and equitable culture. This course is designed to help architects and urban designers create accessible neighborhoods, blocks, lots and houses. An emphasis will be placed on an approach to neighborhood and housing design that recognizes the contribution of all these elements to the success of the whole. It will also illustrate how the goals of inclusive design are compatible with the goals of developing livable, healthy, and sustainable neighborhoods. Examples will demonstrate how accessibility can be achieved in different types of neighborhoods and housing forms, including traditional neighborhood and housing design. AIA members will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

*Enrollment in "UD and Housing 2: Design Applications" requires separate purchase of, Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book (instead of Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments). You must receive delivery of the book prior to the start of this course. No refunds granted for failure to obtain book on time. The book is available in print version only for $40 USD (plus shipping). You can purchase the book at: W.W.Norton & Amazon.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date:
1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

Design for Health, Wellness, & Social Participation (1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015)

Health and wellness are generally accepted indicators of quality of life and well-being and serve as the foundations of positive living. Good health allows individuals to engage in the community, interact with family and friends, and fulfill their potential. A lack of social interaction can have a dehumanizing effect. Universal design practices and policies can eliminate barriers and offer innovative solutions to help facilitate and promote health, wellness, and social participation. This course will teach design solutions for injury and disease prevention, positive mental health, and ensuring access to resources.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date: 1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.


 

UD and Public Transportation (1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015)

 

wheelcahair user entering a busPublic transportation plays an important role in creating an inclusive society. This course examines strategies for introducing universal design in public transportation systems from terminals to vehicle design. It teaches best practices in providing information, boarding, fare payment, and all other elements of any transit system. Case studies highlight the benefits of a universal design approach to transit.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date: 1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.



 

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Courses are listed in the recommended order of completion. They are not listed chronologically. You may take the courses in any order and you may register at any time. For a listing of the NEXT courses, select the "Starting Soon" tab above.

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Defining Universal Design 3/23/2015 - 4/19/2015

Woman with a stroller pulling a door openThis course introduces the definition of universal design and the philosophy behind its concept. The social meaning of barriers in architecture is explored and universal design is described as one means to break down unnecessary barriers to social participation. The course describes the birth of the concept of universal design out of the disability rights movement, utilizes case studies and examples to examine the development and power of universal design, and looks to the present and future to imagine where the philosophy of universal design might lead. The course builds upon the definition of universal design through the identification of seven basic Principles of Universal Design and eight Goals of Universal Design. Note: This course replaces Core Courses 1 & 2.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Dates: 3/23/2015 - 4/19/2015
Cost: $250 USD, plus cost of book. See above for details.
 

Practicing Universal Design (06/01/2015-06/28/2015)

Reichstag glass dome and spiral rampThis course provides background material to understand disability demographics and, specifically, the aging of post-industrialized societies. A closer look at demography demonstrates how the field can support universal design practice, and assist in the identification of emerging end user trends and important design issues. Furthermore, this course explores the emergence of universal design practices in a range of professions. Universal design is presented as an example of innovation. The process and mechanisms of innovation diffusion are studied in relation to universal design, and strategies for increasing the adoption of universal design are examined. Note: This course replaces Core Courses 1 & 2.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date: 06/01/2015-06/28/2015
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

Design for Human Performance (10/20/2014 - 11/16/2014)

This course examines the concept of human performance, the ability of people to complete activities and tasks, through the investigation of the four key bodies of knowledge that make up human performance: anthropometry, biomechanics, perception, and cognition. Each body of knowledge is summarized in relation to universal design, and key strategies for design are provided. Note: This course replaces Human Factors 1 & 2.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date: 10/20/2014 - 11/16/2014

Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.
 

Design for Health, Wellness, & Social Participation (1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015)

Health and wellness are generally accepted indicators of quality of life and well-being and serve as the foundations of positive living. Good health allows individuals to engage in the community, interact with family and friends, and fulfill their potential. A lack of social interaction can have a dehumanizing effect. Universal design practices and policies can eliminate barriers and offer innovative solutions to help facilitate and promote health, wellness, and social participation. This course will teach design solutions for injury and disease prevention, positive mental health, and ensuring access to resources.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date:
1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

UD and Public Accommodations (8/11/2014 - 9/7/2014)

detroit airport circulationThis course provides an introduction to the basic concerns of accessibility, the concept that gave birth to universal design. Public accommodations are a critical domain for universal design because they are the location of key social participation activities. This course discusses the historical background of accessible design, state-of-the-art accessibility in public accommodations today, and the need of universal design to supplement accessibility codes and standards. The course describes universal design strategies for the design process and business practices, as well as the design of public rights-of-way, site, parking areas, entries, space planning, ramps, stairs, and restrooms.
U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Dates: 8/11/2014 - 9/7/2014
Cost: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

UD and Housing 1: Policy and Trends (10/20/2014 - 11/16/2014)

This course is an introduction to the basic concerns of accessibility and the building codes and standards that address accessibility in housing. The course begins with an overview of accessible housing policies, such as the set-aside approach and adaptable housing, and important trends in housing policy such as visitability. The needs of aging individuals in the housing market are explored as well as the importance of the neighborhood in the universal design of housing.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date:
(10/20/2014 - 11/16/2014)
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

UD and Housing 2: Design Applications (1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015)

Attached rowhouses made of brick with zero step entriesThis course presents a new resource for designing communities and housing that accommodate social diversity. Its primary reading, Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book, provides tools and examples to help architects introduce accessibility and design for aging in place into new and existing communities without compromising aesthetic character and other design goals. It emphasizes that design for an aging population is an important consideration for producing a sustainable and equitable culture. This course is designed to help architects and urban designers create accessible neighborhoods, blocks, lots and houses. An emphasis will be placed on an approach to neighborhood and housing design that recognizes the contribution of all these elements to the success of the whole. It will also illustrate how the goals of inclusive design are compatible with the goals of developing livable, healthy, and sustainable neighborhoods. Examples will demonstrate how accessibility can be achieved in different types of neighborhoods and housing forms, including traditional neighborhood and housing design. AIA members will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.

*Enrollment in "UD and Housing 2: Design Applications" requires separate purchase of, Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book (instead of Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments). You must receive delivery of the book prior to the start of this course. No refunds granted for failure to obtain book on time. The book is available in print version only for $40 USD (plus shipping). You can purchase the book at: W.W.Norton & Amazon.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date: 1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

UD and Home Modifications (3/23/2015 - 4/19/2015)

ramp leading up to the front door of a houseThis course examines the role that home modifications play in improving the fit between people and their homes. It describes the primary goals of home modifications and the policies and methods of home assessment. Additionally, several common home modifications are discussed along with case studies of both exemplary and poor modifications.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 CEU Credits.
Course Date: 3/23/2015 - 4/19/2015
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

UD and Interior Environments (08/11/2014 - 09/7/2014)

Interior design decisions have been shown to affect the quality of life of building users. This course explores the role of the designer in creating inclusive environments for both residential and public buildings by focusing on six key elements of the interior: wayfinding, acoustics, lighting, color, furnishings, and floor coverings. This course provides an in-depth look at each of these elements and ways in which each can positively contribute to health, inclusion in public life, safety, and psychological and emotional well-being.

U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Date:  08/11/2014 -  09/7/2014
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.


 

UD and Products (10/20/2014 - 11/16/2014)

The first half of this course describes an overview on usability problems with products in the home and office and introduces an innovative method to evaluate product usability in a manner that is consistent with the goals of universal design. The second half of the course focuses on the nature of the relationship between assistive technology and consumer product design, as well as reasons why AT products struggle to break into the consumer market. Case studies of products that started out serving special niche markets but have made their way into the larger consumer market are discussed to illustrate how assistive technologies can be more marketable if conceived as universal designs.
Course Date: 10/20/2014 - 11/16/2014
Price: $250 USD, plus cost of book, see above.

 

UD and Public Transportation (1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015)

wheelcahair user entering a busPublic transportation plays an important role in creating an inclusive society. This course examines strategies for introducing universal design in public transportation systems from terminals to vehicle design. It teaches best practices in providing information, boarding, fare payment, and all other elements of any transit system. Case studies highlight the benefits of a universal design approach to transit.
U.S. Architects will receive 15 HSW CEU Credits.
Course Dates: 1/12/2015 - 2/8/2015
Cost: $250 USD, plus cost of book. See above for details.