Principles and Goals of Accessible Design  

Education Type: 
1 Hour


AIA Learning Units: 

In daily life, as we maneuver through society, nothing is more important yet taken for granted more often than access. For millions of people with disabilities, the access that most of us take for granted is difficult, impossible, or achievable only with the intervention of a third party. We live in what is considered an independent society, yet independent access to programs, facilities, and employment are not easily achievable by many. Physical access is historically the arbiter of success and the source of opportunity in education, employment, and social freedom. Thus, accessibility is a civil rights issue for many people with disabilities and for our society. This course will provide you with an overview of the principals and guiding documents that support accessible environments.

This course also qualifies for California Architects Board Disability Requirement.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will learn and be able to:

  • Understand the goals of accessible design;
  • Apply at least two principles of accessible design to a project;
  • Describe flexible design principles that support accessible spaces; and
  • How to achieve equal access through integrated design.