Universal Design Created Equity and Inclusion: Moving from Theory to Practice

ORCID Identifier

Kim M. Thompson (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9486-3688)

Clayton A. Copeland (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1546-6041)

Document Type


Subject Area(s)

universal design, universal access, accessibility, library computer workstation


Universal design focuses on small changes that can be made to benefit everyone. Universal design principles can be applied to both physical and virtual environments and help provide universal access to technology and information. This paper provides a case study of the design of a library computer kiosk in an academic library, using principles of universal design to create a universally accessible workstation. The paper provides an overview of features included in the workstation, images of the workstation, and includes discussion of additional considerations and lessons learned from the design experience.

APA Citation

Copeland, C. A., Cross, B., & Thompson, K. M. (2020). Universal design creates equity and inclusion: Moving from theory to practice. South Carolina Libraries, 4(1). https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/scl_journal/vol4/iss1/18/