Universal design is commonly defined as: A worldwide design movement that seeks to make products, environments and communication usable to the greatest extent possible, by the broadest spectrum of users including children, older adults, people with permanent or temporary disabilities, or people of atypical size.
Universal design respects human diversity and promotes inclusion of all people in all activities of life. It is not an identifiable style but a way of thinking about the design process. Universal design defines good design as attractive as well as easy and comfortable to use.
In his practice Robert Reimers Architect has actively incorporated elements of universal design into all his designs. For housing, Reimers designs recognize that: