Two online courses in universal design are starting soon

Health and wellness are generally accepted indicators of quality of life and well-being and serve as the foundations of positive living. Good health allows individuals to engage in the community, interact with family and friends, and fulfill their potential. A lack of social interaction can have a dehumanizing effect.

Universal design practices and policies can eliminate barriers and offer innovative solutions to help facilitate and promote health, wellness, and social participation.

The online course offered by the University of Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access – Design for health, wellness and social participation – will teach design solutions for injury and disease prevention, positive mental health, and ensuring access to resources.
Course requires the textbook: “Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments” (2012) by Steinfeld and Maisel. U.S. Architects will receive 15 CEU credits for completion of this course.

Another online class, Universal Design and Home Modifications: Blueprints for House Design will examine the role that home modifications play in improving the fit between people and their homes.
It describes the primary goals of home modifications and the policies and methods of home assessment. Additionally, it discusses several common home modifications and case studies to exemplify both good and bad home modifications.
Course requires the textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (2012) by Steinfeld and Maisel. U.S. Architects will receive 15 CEU credits for completion of this course.

Courses last four weeks and run from October 16 – November 12. Each course requires about 15 hours of study during the four-week window, including readings, videos, discussion, projects, and tests.
There are no required sign in times so you can access the courses on your schedule. Courses cost $250 each, plus the cost of textbook. We advise ordering textbooks in advance to allow for shipping.

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