Universal design as a workplace accommodation strategy

Sanford, Susan Stark

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Universal design is an accommodation strategy that is compatible with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) con-structs of activity and participation. It is rooted in a rehabilitation paradigm that integrates human factors with social equity approaches into accommodation practices that provide opportunities to achieve both usability and inclusivity for employees with all types and levels of ability across their work life as well as the life of the work. This chapter introduces the reader to universal design principles and accommodation strategies aimed at enhancing work outcomes for employees over time and across abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319081410
ISBN (Print)9783319081403
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Universal Design
  • Work Activity
  • Workplace Accommodations
  • Workplace Participation


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