Advancing Universal Design through EBP: Work Environments
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People with disabilities must often rely on workplace accommodations in the form of
universal design, or in its absence, assistive technology, in order to be able to participate in the
workplace. Regulatory guidelines that specify how spaces or products can be designed to be
“accessible” have helped us move toward more universally designed work environments.
Unfortunately, these guidelines may still not address all of the access needs of a particular employee. In
addition, there is limited research on universal design and assistive technology accommodations that
can be used to guide practice to meet the needs of these individual employees. This chapter reviews
how research on workplace accommodations is leading to evidence upon which practice might be
based. The base of evidence available, however, needs to be expanded to include research subjects with
a wider range of disabilities and to include a greater variety of accommodations. In addition, research
efforts must begin to focus more on accommodation outcomes.
Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA.