IDEA 108: Public Accommodations



13.25 hours (LU | HSW)


This course introduces the basics of accessible design, a concept that preceded universal design. Public accommodations are a critical domain for universal design because they are the location of key social participation activities. This course discusses the historical background of accessible design, state-of-the-art accessibility in public accommodations today, and the need for universal design to supplement accessibility codes and standards. It describes universal design solutions for the design process, public rights-of-way, site, parking areas, entries, space planning, ramps, stairs, restrooms, and business practices.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Describe the basic goal of accessible design from a social theory perspective.
  2. Explain what led to the universal design philosophy citing accessibility policies and examples of universal design in accessibility codes.
  3. Discuss the future of universal design practice as it relates to credentialing and identification of best practices.
  4. Identify ways in which universal design can be incorporated in public accommodations using specific universal design strategies and examples.


Students must create a account and purchase the course. This course is on-demand, available anytime!

To complete this course, students must complete approximately 13.25 hours (LU | HSW) of work during a 1-year window of availability. There are no required sign-in times; however, there are established due dates designed to keep students working at a sufficient pace. Specifically, students must:

  1. Read the assigned portions of the textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (sold separately in print and e-book format at Wiley and Amazon).
  2. Read additional assigned materials provided on the course website.
  3. View all videos in their entirety.
  4. Respond to at least 4 assignments on the discussion board, and respond to any instructor comments.
  5. Correctly answer at least 70% of the multiple-choice questions on each of two separate tests within the time limits specified for each test.

A certificate of completion will be provided on the course website following successful completion. Access certificates for expired courses anytime on the My Profile page.

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Additional information

AIA Credit Type



Interactive (Scheduled)


5-15 Hours




Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

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