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The European Concept for Accessibility, 2003


The European Concept for Accessibility is an architectural and design guideline which was first written as a result of a request from the European Commission, made in 1987.

The Concept was based on the universal design principles. These principles apply to the design of buildings, infrastructure, building and consumer products.

1. The objective is the provision of environments which are convenient, safe and enjoyable to use by everyone, including people with disabilities.
2. The universal design principles reject the division of the human population into able-bodied and disabled people.
3. Universal design includes supplementary provisions where appropriate.

This statement was supported by all members of the steering group present in Doorn, The Netherlands, 2 March 1996. 

In this 2003 edition we furthermore develop the social reasons to create environments for all and the improvement that Europe can achieve by doing this.

General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Author(s): ECA members
Language(s): EN


Publisher: ECA
Date published on the web: 31/12/2003


Architecture, design and planning | Design Guidelines, Design-for-All