Ep.51 WHAT IS UNIVERSAL DESIGN? & ITS APPLICATION IN LEARNING
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"First on air 25 June 2022"

Universal design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. Driven partly by the large number of Second World War soldiers returning home with disabling injuries, the rights and needs of people with disabilities received attention, resulting in governments’ responses with the introduction of equal rights and anti-discrimination legislation in the United States and Europe. These new laws, introduced then, aimed to promote social inclusion and prevent discrimination, and put pressure on many sectors including the design industry to meet the demands of creating accessible and usable products, services, and environments. Principles of universal design can be applied in many areas including learning and classes. Jiraporn Panomsuay, an art teacher at Nakhon Sawan Special Education Center, has developed art activities to create aesthetic experiences for children with low vision to complete blindness in primary schools. Nakhon Sawan is a province about 240 kilometers north of Bangkok. Apart from Jiraporn, the other guess in this episode is Assoc. Prof. Kulthida Teachavorasinskun, head of Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University.