From Barrier-Free to Universal Design: An International PerspectiveBy Kose, Satoshi, Ph.D., Research Administration & Management Department, Building Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan. ; Assistive Technology, 10.1
(Pages: 44-50) Publication Date: 1998
What is universal design? And where lies the difference between barrier-free design and universal design? One can answer this question from different viewpoints. This paper attempts to answer the question from the Far East, where the idea came later than in the United States or Europe. The article discusses the emergence of the aging population, universal design in reality and different cultures, barrier-free design, strategies for introducing universal design, and new trends in Japan. The article mentions the Committee on Consumer Policy of the International Standards Organization, Asian-Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The article contains 4 illustrations and an Appendix that includes several international and domestice list servers and websites.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)