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Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

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Universal design benefits everyone.

Universal design means that products and services are designed with a wide variety of users in mind. Products and services that are accessible to individuals with disabilities often benefit other people as well. For example, curb cuts, which were originally designed to make sidewalks more accessible to individuals using wheelchairs, are also used by kids on skateboards or parents with baby strollers. Captioning on videos or television programs can also be helpful for individuals who speak English as Second Language or listeners in a noisy environment. Web sites accessible to individuals with disabilities can also be used easily by individuals with certain environmental constraints such as those working in noisy or noiseless environments, individuals whose hands or eyes are occupied by other activities or those who use older equipment.

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