Universal Design - Module 1: Universal Design and Home Modifications


This course is designed for building trades professionals interested in the concept of universal design and home modifications. The goals for this course include:

  • Increase awareness of universal design concepts
  • Illustrate examples of home modifications
  • Increase awareness of appropriate products and resources

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course will include professional home builders, remodelling contractors, and related building trades.


The length of time for participants to take this course is estimated to be two to three hours.

Course Content

There are eight sections in this course:

Section 1: How Are We Changing?
Section 2: The ADA and Building Codes 
Section 3: Universal Design and Home Modifications
Section 4: Determining a Strategy for Implementation 
Section 5: Additional Resources
Section 6: Funding/Financial Information 
Section 7: Project Opportunities
Section 8: Design Scenarios

There are review questions at the end of Sections 1 through 4. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. There is a post-test at the end of the course.

For a full description of requirements for receiving a Certificate of Completion, please go to the "Certificate of Completion Information" page.



The following organizations collaborate on the development of this course: Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Living Well Iowa at the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa Program for Assistive Technology, Midwest Accessibility Initiative, the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC), and Institute for Public Health Practice (IPHP) UI College of Public Health.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.