Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is pleased to bring you the 2nd Australian Universal Design Conference. After the success of the inaugural conference in 2014, we have expanded our sights across the wider world of universal design. This conference comes with a promise to broaden delegates’ thinking about universal design and the many ways it can be utilised and applied. While the built environment remains a solid feature of the conference, we are able to offer a greater range of topics under this theme. New to this conference and adding diversity are: literacy and communication, clothing, design education, and interdisciplinary work. Presentations on policy and practice are once again featured.
This room has long been a focus for all kinds of accessible-product developers. Toilets standing at what’s called “comfort height,” with the seat 16 to 17 inches from the floor, might be a little tall for a small child to use, but adults with week knees or who have difficulty lowering their body will appreciate the extra elevation.
Locating the shower valve outside of the stall, or choosing a system that has remote, digital controls, allows bathers to avoid scalding themselves by setting the water temperature before stepping under the stream.
Curbless showers with linear drain systems eliminate the need for a standard floor slope — an important factor for people with balance issues. (There’s also no need to step or wheel over a curb.) Inside the enclosure, a detachable, handheld shower wand allows for versatile washing. If gripping the fitting is a strain, look for models that slip securely over the palm.
Author and editor Leslie Clagett lives in Englewood, ., where she produces the blog , which focuses on kitchen and bath design.
Barrier-free ( バリアフリー , bariafurii ) building modification consists of modifying buildings or facilities so that they can be used by people who are disabled or have physical impairments. The term is used primarily in Japan and non-English speaking countries (. German: Barrierefreiheit; Finnish: Esteettömyys), while in English-speaking countries, terms such as "accessibility" and "handicapped accessible" dominate in regular everyday use. An example of barrier-free design would be installing a ramp for wheelchairs alongside or in place of steps. In the case of new buildings, however, the idea of barrier free modification has largely been superseded by the concept of universal design, which seeks to design things from the outset to support easy access.