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Workplace Inclusion: Universal Design – Factsheet

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Key Facts:

Fact 1:

Currently, 26.4% of Americans live with a disability, and this percentage is expected to double within 20 years.

Fact 2:

Universal design is an approach where environments and tools are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized measures.

Fact 3:

Benefits of universal design include maximum employment and productivity outcomes, decreased need for accommodations, lessened stigma of disability, an overall inclusive workplace, and economic advantages for employers.
VR professionals have an important role to play by helping employers and workers with disabilities understand and implement the core principles of universal design and facilitate the movement toward more productive workplace environments for all.

Fact 4:

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) and the Illinois Work and Well-Being Models (IW2M) are useful in appreciating the limiting roles that one’s environment has on functioning and outcomes.

Fact 5:

Universal design can be implemented in school settings, work settings, and in VR.
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