Universal Design Living Laboratory

Executive Summary

Mission statement: To bring about awareness of universal design to the public and the building industry.

Universal design is a framework for the design of living and working spaces and products benefiting the widest possible range of people in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. Universal design is human-centered design, accommodating people of all sizes, ages, and abilities.

eSight Careers Network

The global, cross-disability online community addressing disability employment issues.

eSight Careers Network® provides online information and guidance for job seekers, career counselors, job developers and prospective employers about what works best for a range of disability employment issues. It attracts new members every day.

Web Site: eSight Careers Network

Creating High Expectations

Link: Creating High Expectations (CHE) (

The primary goal of Creating High Expectations (CHE) is to engage the interest, awareness and knowledge of middle and high school educators, students and family members in underserved areas of southwest Virginia. The project will provide awareness of the opportunities and resources available that assist students with developmental disabilities plan and achieve post secondary education goals.

Web Accessibility Initiative This link will open a new browser window.

The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) commitment to lead the Web to its full potential includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (CRPRC) has recently established the Communities of Color Network, an initiative to promote informed health care decisions and active and independent living among those in the Hispanic, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American communities living with paralysis.

Universal Design and Exhibit Planning This link will open a new browser window.

This website details the role of Universal Design in exhibit development at the Museum of Science, Boston and is a source of Universal Design suggestions and resources for interested cultural institutions.

Museum of Science, Boston

The Sensory Trust This link will open a new browser window.

About the Sensory Trust

The Sensory Trust promotes and implements inclusive environmental design and management to ensure that opportunities for environmental education, access and participation are available to everyone, regardless of disability, age or background.

Trace Center This link will open a new browser window.

Founded in 1971, the Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Trace is an unparalleled hub of information technology and telecommunications research, policy development and education.

Association of Science-Technology Centers: Accessible Practices This link will open a new browser window.

This website is comprised of the following sections:

  • Museums' Legal Obligations - Summarizes federal accessibility laws.

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