Universal Media Design

[Author: Bill Fischer]

Why It Matters

In this current era, to be a media creator in any capacity requires a working knowledge of design for accessibility. It is simply the right thing to do... and it's the law. Universal Design takes it a step further by moving beyond separate experiences for persons with disabilities. It attempts to provide what everyone deserves; which is to be an equal participant in society. Universal Design is a philosophy that provides the opportunity for the abled and disabled to experience media together, at the same time, in the same place, on the same channel.

[ From the World Health Organization ]

"Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers."