Universal Design as an Approach to Technology Intervention for Seniors

  • Jon A. SanfordEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)


Typical design approaches for technology interventions for seniors tends to focus on specialized design to accommodate functional limitations associated with either disability or aging. This paper will propose universal design as an alternative approach that focuses on design for all users, regardless of age or ability. Moreover, while specialized design is based on prescriptive requirements that often dictate what to design, universal design is an approach to technology intervention that is guided by a set of performance principles and guidelines that provide a rationale for how to design technologies. As such, universal design as extends the usability of everyday design to seniors, without the need for special adaptations or devices.


Universal design Design for aging Specialized design Technology for seniors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental AccessGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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