IDEA 308: Public Accommodations



1.75 Hours AIA LU


This course introduces the basic concerns of accessibility, the concept that gave birth to 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 of universal design to supplement accessibility codes and standards. The course describes universal design strategies for the design process and business practices, as well as the design of public rights-of-way, site, parking areas, entries, space planning, ramps, stairs, and restrooms.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the basic goal of accessible design from a social theory perspective.
  • Explain what led to the universal design philosophy citing accessibility policies and examples of universal design in accessibility codes.
  • Discuss the future of universal design practice as it relates to credentialing and identification of best practices.
  • 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. 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 “Public Accommodations” (Chapter 8, 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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