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Common Terms

Accessible design - products, technologies and built environments that are accessible to and useable by persons with disabilities, who otherwise would be denied access

Adaptable design - planning and construction that anticipates modification of a built environment in order to accommodate actual or potential changes in ability and mobility due to illness, injury or aging to support independent living; sometimes referred to as flexible, or flex, design

Lifespan design - products, technologies and built environments that accommodate, or can be adapted to accommodate, changes in ability and mobility throughout the life stage and age continuum

Universal design - products, technologies and built environments that are accessible to and useable by everyone; sometimes referred to as "design-for-all"