Implementation of the principles of universal design is intended to ensure that products, buildings and outdoor areas intended for use by the general public will be designed in such a way that the main solution can be used by as many people as possible. Universal design will increase opportunities for everyone to participate in society. This applies not only to people with disabilities but also, for example, to families with children in pushchairs and to older people.
Universal design is an expression of the social value of equality and greater accessibility. The government's vision is for full implementation of universal design in Norway by 2025.
Universal design is entrenched in several statutes
Universal design is a strategy that requires cross-disciplinary collaboration in planning, user participation, practical implementation and post-implementation evaluation. Universal design is also entrenched in a number of statutes and regulations. These include the Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act and the Planning and Building Act.
The role of the County Governor
The County Governor is responsible for following up central government initiatives by ensuring that universal design is included in regional and municipal planning. The County Governor also provides advice and guidance on universal design to regional and municipal cooperation partners, to voluntary groups, other organisations and user groups.