IDEA 307: Design for Social Participation



1.75 Hours AIA LU


It is through social participation that the most important outcome of universal design, an inclusive society, is realized. A lack of social interaction can have a dehumanizing effect. Universal design practices and policies can eliminate barriers and offer innovative solutions to help facilitate and promote social participation. This course will teach design solutions for injury and disease prevention, positive mental health, and ensuring access to resources.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain why it is not sufficient to focus on social participation while ignoring the built environment.
  • Utilize universal design guidelines to design environments that support social participation for all.
  • Understand the SI theory, and explain the importance of the relationship between the physical and social environment.


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

To complete this course, students must complete approximately 1.75 hours of work anytime during a 1-year window of availability. Specifically, students must:

  1. Read “Design for Social Participation” (Chapter 7, approximately 11,500 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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