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Universal Design Essentials (UDE)

The “Universal Design Essentials” course is designed to complement the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) course by focusing on the integration of Universal Design principles into a wide range of single-family residential construction projects.

Unlike the CAPS course, which concentrates on custom accessibility modifications, this course emphasizes the adoption of Universal Design.

This approach is characterized by its broad appeal and utility, making it applicable to a diverse array of projects, from new constructions to remodels, and spanning all budget levels, from affordable to luxury homes.

The core objective of the UDE course is to equip industry professionals with innovative design concepts and practices that not only meet the current market demands but also anticipate and adapt to the evolving needs of clients throughout their lives.

By fostering a deeper understanding and application of Universal Design principles, the course aims to cultivate a generation of practitioners skilled in creating spaces that are accessible and functional for everyone, irrespective of age or ability.

This, in turn, is expected to lead to a decrease in the need for costly and complex custom accessibility modifications in the future.

Participants of the UDE course will learn how to seamlessly incorporate these inclusive design principles into their projects, thereby enhancing their marketability and ensuring they cater to the widest possible audience.

The course underscores the importance of creating environments that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also universally accessible, thereby supporting the well-being and independence of individuals as their needs change over time.

For those interested in furthering their professional development, information regarding continuing education credits for this course can be found on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) website.

This course represents a valuable opportunity for professionals in the construction and design industries to expand their expertise in Universal Design and contribute to the creation of more inclusive living environments.

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Universal Design Essentials

This course focuses on integrating Universal Design principles into single-family residential construction, new and remodeled, to support the changing needs of clients over their lifetime, and is suitable for CAPS graduates, home building professionals, healthcare professionals, and home buyers.


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