Universal design april_2011


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Presentation about universal design, held April 28 and April 30, 2011 at the Occupational Therapy Center at Jefferson in Second Life,

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Universal design april_2011

  1. 1. Universal Design: Why should we care?<br />Occupational Therapy and Universal Design<br />Department of Occupational Therapy<br />Jefferson School of Health Professions, Philadelphia, PA<br />Presentation at the Occupational Therapy Center at Jefferson in Second Life<br />April 28 and 30, 2011<br />Presented by Kaitlin Rodriguez, OTS and Veronica Souter, OTS<br />
  2. 2. Carol Siebert, AOTA says:<br />“…creating a universally designed community, livable community, a community of the future<br />helps people to realize that what you do as an industry is not about helping people who are<br />different but helping people regardless of their need to be a part of the larger community.”<br />
  3. 3. What is Occupational Therapy?<br />Help people engage in meaningful occupations (things that occupy their time and energy)<br />Empower clients and promote participation <br />Help clients complete tasks such as cooking, bathing, shopping, go out with friends, and complete leisure activities<br />
  4. 4. Who do OT’s help?<br />Infants, children, adults, older adults<br />People with physical and mental disabilities<br />OT’s work in many settings such as schools, hospitals, rehab settings, nursing homes, private homes, community settings, and mental hospitals<br />
  5. 5. Person-Environment-Occupation<br />Link between the person, their environment and the occupations/meaningful activities they do<br />Barriers can arise from the person or environment <br />& reduce <br /> performance<br /> in occupations<br />Maximizes Fit<br />Minimizes Fit<br />Occupational<br />performance<br />
  6. 6. What is Universal Design???<br />A way of designing products and the environment so that they can be used by the greatest number of people possible.<br />Design for all people, not any specific disability<br />Allows all people to use a space or product equally<br />
  7. 7. Examples of Universal Design<br />Automatic faucets<br />Rocker light switches<br />Contrasting colors <br />Illuminated entryways and stairways<br />Zero threshold entrances<br />Wide doorways<br />Lever door handles<br />
  8. 8. No Touch Faucets<br />
  9. 9. Dishwasher Drawer<br />
  10. 10. Wet Room Bathroom<br />
  11. 11. Ramp<br />
  12. 12. Lower Sinks<br />
  13. 13. Microwave Drawer<br />
  14. 14. Lazy Susan<br />
  15. 15. UD Kitchen<br />
  16. 16. UD Bedroom<br />
  17. 17. UD Tub<br />
  18. 18. What is an OTs Role in UD?<br />An OT can work with the client to identify what features and UD products the client will need. <br /> The OT can then work with a contractor to help design the new bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or entire home<br />
  19. 19. What is the Benefit of UD?<br />UD is very beneficial because it allows the individual to “age in place” or remain in their own home after an injury/disability.<br />UD allows the home to fit the needs to the individual with the disability and also the rest of the family in a way that is aesthetically pleasing<br />This way of design does not single out the individual with the disability, it can be used and enjoyed by everyone.<br />
  20. 20. Resources for the design of accessible homes www.UniversalDesign.com<br />Pictures from Stephen Kern (PhD, OTR/L), Marlene Weiner (OTR/L), and Sue Rodriguez<br />