Universal Design Reference Materials for Cultural Facilities

This resource list is also available as a PDF file.

Books

Audio Visual

ADA Technical Assistance Materials

Web Sites


Books

Accessible Exhibitions: Testing the Reality
Ziebarth, Elizabeth K., and Zahava D. Doering.
Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1993.

The Accessible Museum: Model Programs of Accessibility for Disabled and Older People
Sartwell, Marcia, Ed.
Washington: The American Association of Museums, 1992.

Achieving Physical and Communication Accessibility
Boston: The Institute for Human Centered Design, 1995.

ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments & Supplement on Employment
Boston: The Institute for Human Centered Design, 1996.

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook
Washington: National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, 2003

Beautiful Universal Design: A Visual Guide
Leibrock, Cynthia and James Terry.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999.

Beyond Access to Opportunity A Guide to Planning a Universal Environments for the Arts
Lesser, Ann-Ellen.
New York: New York State Council on the Arts, 2001.

The Big Foot: Museums and Children with Learning Disabilities
Pearson, Ann, and Chitra Aloysius.
London: British Museum Press, 1994.

Building Sight: A Handbook of Building and Interior Design Solutions to Include the Needs of Visually Impaired People
Barker, Peter, Jon Barrick, Rod Wilson
New York: American Foundation for the Blind Press, 1995.

Cultural Facility Access Survey and Teaching Instrument
Boston: VSA Arts of Massachusetts, 1999.

Designing Places for Learning
Meek, Anne.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; The Council of Educational Facility Planners International, 1995.

Everyone's Welcome: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Museums
Salmen, John.
Washington: The American Association of Museums, 1998.

Museums Without Barriers: A New Deal for Disabled People.
Fondation de France/ICOM.
London and New York: Routledge, 1991.

New Dimensions for Traditional Dioramas: Multisensory Additions for Access, Interest and Learning
Davidson, Betty.
Boston: Museum of Science, 1991.

Part of Your General Public is Disabled: A Handbook for Guides in Museums, Zoos and Historic Houses
Majewski, Janice.
Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1987.

Play for All Guidelines: Planning, Designing and Management of Outdoor Play Settings for All Children
Moore, Robin; Susan Goltsman; Daniel Iacofano.
Berkeley: MIG Communications, 1992.

Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996.

Standards Manual for Signs and Labels
Adams, Roxana, Ed.
Washington: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995.

Strategies for Teaching Universal Design
Welch, Polly, Ed.
Boston: The Institute for Human Centered Design, 1995.

Universal Access to Outdoor Recreation
PLAE, Inc., USDA. Forest Service.
Berkeley: MIG Communications, 1993.

Universal Design Handbook
Preiser, Wolfgang, Ph.D. and Elaine Ostroff, Ed.M., Eds.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

What Museum Guides Need to Know
Groff, Gerda, and Laura Gardner.
New York: American Foundation for the Blind, 1989.

User Friendly: Hands-On Exhibits That Work
Kennedy, Jeff.
Washington: Association of Science-Technology Centers, 1997.


Audio Visual

Universal Design Exemplars (CD-Rom)
The Center for Universal Design, Raleigh, NC, 2001.
A CD-Rom collection of 32 international award-winning universal design projects from architecture, exhibit design, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture. Each project describes in detail the background, universal features and relationship to the Principles of Universal Design. The CD-Rom is an outstanding teaching tool for design educators and students, as well as for advocates of universal design.
Cost: $35 plus shipping.
Available from the Center for Universal Design, School of Design, Box 8613, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8613. Phone: 1-800-647-6777.

Images: Universal Design Excellence Project (slides)
Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc., for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Building Museum, 1996.
139 slides + narrative script, $250.
Available from: Universal Designers and Consultants, Inc. 6 Grant Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912-4324, 301-270-2470.

Principles of Universal Design (computer-aided instruction)
IDEA Center, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996.
Computer Aided Instruction Program, 3.5" diskettes (IBM compatible only) $10 for individuals and $75 for institutions*
Available from: IDEA Center School of Architecture and Planning, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 14214-3087 716-829-3485, ext. 329.
*Institutional package includes Network License for one year + 20 copies of the Primer on Accessible Design.

The Universal Design File
Molly F. Story, James L. Mueller, Ronald Mace, Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University, 1998.
In-depth introduction to universal design with case studies of successful applications.
Cost: $24
Available from the Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University, Box 8613, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-8613 1-800-647-6700.
Or download as PDF file This link will open a new browser window. for free.

Everyone's Welcome: Universal Access in Museums
American Association of Museums, Washington, 1996.
This 24-minute video illustrates how your museum can provide opportunities for learning and enjoyment for all visitors, regradless of their ability or disability, age, educational background, or preferred learning style. Universal access means designing programs and facilities that are "user-friendly" in the broadest sense.
To order contact American Association of Musuems, (202) 289-1818 voice, (202) 289-8439 tty.


ADA Technical Assistance Materials

The following publications are available from the ten Disability and Business ADA Technical Assistance Centers across the country. Please call 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY) or visit the ADA Technical Assistance Centers web site This link will open a new browser window. for more information. Many additional titles are also available.

Accessible Route: ADAAG 4.3
The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines Tech Sheet Series.
Raleigh: Barrier Free Environments, 1994.

ADAAG Manual: A Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
Washington: United States Access Board, 1998.

ADA Technical Assistance Updates from the U.S. Department of Justice, No. 1
(Common Questions: Readily Achievable Barrier Removal; Design Details: Van Accessible Parking Spaces)
Washington: United States Department of Justice, 1996.

Americans with Disabilities Act Bulletin #8: Theatrical Movie Captioning Systems
Washington: United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (The Access Board), 2001.

Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities: Play Areas
Washington: United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (The Access Board), 2000.

Americans with Disabilities Act Title III Technical Assistance Manual: Covering Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
Washington: United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 1993.

Doors: ADA Standards for Accessible Design Section 4.13
The Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design Tech Sheet Series.
Raleigh: Barrier Free Environments, 1995.

Lavatories and Mirrors: ADA Standards for Accessible Design Section 4.19
The Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design Tech Sheet Series.
Raleigh: Barrier Free Environments, 1995.

Making Historic Properties Accessible
Jester, Thomas C. and Sharon C. Park, AIA.
Washington: United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resources, 1993.

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities (28 CFR Part 36)
Washington: United States Department of Justice, 1994.

Parking: United States Access Board Title III Technical Assistance Bulletins, No. 6
Washington: United States Access Board, 1994.

Readily Achievable Checklist: A Survey for Accessibility
Boston: The Institute for Human Centered Design, 1993.
http://www.humancentereddesign.org/publications/adadocs.asp

Surfaces
United States Access Board Title III Technical Assistance Bulletins, No. 4
Washington: United States Access Board, 1994.

Text Telephones
United States Access Board Title III Technical Assistance Bulletins, No. 3
Washington: United States Access Board, 1992.

Toilet Stalls: ADAAG 4.17
The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines Tech Sheet Series
Raleigh: Barrier Free Environments, 1994.


Web Sites

The Institute for Human Centered Design Center
http://www.Humancentereddesign.org

Association of Science - Technology Centers - Accessible Practices
http://www.astc.org/resource/access/pmaudio.htm This link will open a new browser window.

Audio Description -- The Visual Made Aural
Article by Joel Snyder, Presenting Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
http://www.artswire.org/Artswire/www/ad/joel.html This link will open a new browser window.

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
http://www.cast.org This link will open a new browser window.

Center for Universal Design
http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud This link will open a new browser window.

CIB/TG19: Designing for the Ageing Society (Japan)
http://www.kenken.go.jp/5bu/skose/tg19.html This link will open a new browser window.

Design for the Ageing Network (DAN) (European Union)
http://designage.rca.ac.uk/programmes/designage/DAN/ This link will open a new browser window.

Design Center for Global Needs
San Francisco State University
http://www.sfsu.edu/ This link will open a new browser window.

E&C Project (Japan)
http://www.eandc.org/introe.html This link will open a new browser window.

Environment and Gerontology
http://www.tue.nl/gerontechnologie This link will open a new browser window.

European Institute for Design and Disability (EIDD) / Design for All European Network
http://www.design-for-all.org This link will open a new browser window.

Guidelines for Producing Instructional and Other Printed Materials in Alternate Media for Persons with Disabilities
http://www.htctu.fhda.edu/dlguidelines/final%20dl%20guidelines.htm This link will open a new browser window.

HalfthePlanet Foundation
http://www.halftheplanet.org This link will open a new browser window.

Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA)
School of Architecture
State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY/Buffalo)
http://www.arch.buffalo.edu/~idea/ This link will open a new browser window.

Industrial Design Society of America Universal Design Committee
http://www.idsa.org/whatsnew/sections/udidsa/noframes.htm This link will open a new browser window.

Institute on Independent Living (European Union)
http://www.independentliving.org This link will open a new browser window.

National Center for Accessible Media
http://ncam.wgbh.org This link will open a new browser window.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)
http://www.ncddr.org/du/products/ufm/modes.html This link will open a new browser window.

National Endowment for the Arts
Office for AccessAbility
http://www.arts.gov/partner/accessibility/brochure.html This link will open a new browser window.

Lighthouse International
http://www.lighthouse.org This link will open a new browser window.

National Arts and Disabilities Center (NADC)
http://nadc.ucla.edu/Library.htm This link will open a new browser window.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center (RERC) on Universal Design at Buffalo
http://www.ap.buffalo.edu/~rercud This link will open a new browser window.

Trace Center
University of Wisconsin, Madison
http://www.trace.wisc.edu This link will open a new browser window.

United Design Associates
http://www.uniteddesign.com This link will open a new browser window.

Universal Design Magazine (Japan)
http://www.universal-design.co.jp This link will open a new browser window.

Universal Design Newsletter
http://www.universaldesign.com This link will open a new browser window.

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
http://www.w3.org/WAI/ This link will open a new browser window.

Federal Agencies: