IDEA 303: The New Demographics



1.25 Hour AIA LU


This course provides background material to understand disability demographics and, specifically, the aging of post-industrialized societies. A closer look at demography demonstrates how the field can support universal design practice, and assist in the identification of emerging end user trends and important design issues.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain why a focus on only people with disabilities limits universal design.
  • Give examples of groups that benefit from universal design, other than people with disabilities.
  • Identify and critique myths associated with the aging population using demographic data.
  • Discuss how demographic data on universal design beneficiaries should influence the design of the built environment.


Students must create a account and purchase the course. Access to this course begins immediately.

To complete this course, students must complete approximately 1.25 hours of work anytime during a 1-year window of availability. Specifically, students must:

  1. Read “The New Demographics” (Chapter 3, approximately 8,000 words) in the textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (sold separately in print and e-book format at Wiley and Amazon).
  2. Correctly answer at least 7 out of 10 multiple-choice test questions within a single 20-minute session.

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



Test Only


1-2 Hours




Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

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