Provide buildings that are accessible, comfortable and usable by people of all backgrounds and abilities.
Ensure Essential Accessibility (1 point)
The following requirement is met:
Projects meet local accessibility laws and/or codes without exclusions or exemptions.
Integrate Universal Design (2 points)
Projects use universal design principles as guidance to accommodate a diverse range of occupant abilities. All projects must consult with a professional trained in universal design to ensure spaces are optimized to meet occupant needs. Projects address the following based on anticipated occupant need:
- Physical access: accommodating entry and exit points to enable entrance to the space, flexible use of space and usability beyond the requirements of local laws or code.
- Developmental and intellectual health: strategies that use color, texture, images and other perceptible information to support individuals with varying cognitive abilities (e.g., learning disabilities).
- Wayfinding: strategies to help individuals intuitively navigate through spaces (e.g., signage, maps, symbols, mobile and digital technologies, information systems).
- Inclusion: developing and implementing operational programs and processes (e.g., braille, auditory cues) that are inclusive of individuals with disabilities.
- Technology: offering technology (e.g., audio and visual equipment, web access) that incorporates the needs of individuals with disabilities, made available to all occupants at no cost.
- Safety: removing barriers to safety to reduce anxiety, and to support easy access to all built features and spaces.
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