The 7 Principles of Universal Design were developed in 1997 by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers and environmental design researchers, led by the late Ronald Mace in the North Carolina State University.

The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.

The CDC Clear Communication Index (Index) is a research-based tool to help you develop and assess public communication materials.

Guidelines to accommodate people of all abilities, with plenty of examples.

A one-stop living collection of resources and best practices on health and disability for public health professionals.

Five action steps for local health departments to develop accessible, inclusive communication materials.

Training and resources for health literacy and plain language.

Communicating With and About PWD

This one-page handout provides an overview of appropriate language when talking with and referring to people with disabilities.

A free collection of local public health tools. Choose Health and Disability from the drop down list of toolkits to see available resources.

This document lists frequently used terms in public health materials and their common, everyday alternatives in plain language sentences.

Resource modules on health of people with intellectual disabilities.

Self-paced training modules on the life course continuum of health and health care for adults with IDD.

Easy to use guide for interacting with people with disabilities.

Fact Sheet on Universal Design and Intellectual Disability.

This resource provides principles and strategies to ensure the full and sustainable inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in health policies and laws, programming, services, training programs, research, and funding streams.

Visual and web design for audiences with lower literacy skills.

Test the readability of a web page.

Outlines a process for developing communications materials for people with limited-literacy skills.

Explains how to write text for these audiences and discusses readability formulas and how and why they are used to measure reading levels of text.

Suggestions on how to communicate with and about people with disabilities.

Free collection of inclusive photos.

Create opportunities for individuals with a disability to be healthy and active with I Can Do It!

Resources for rural health departments to ensure their programming is inclusive and accessible.

The following resource may assist in creating and using inclusion strategies to improve the health, well-being, and participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Entertaining, illustrated guide to disability etiquette.

A guide for accommodating all health club members, including people with disabilities and older adults.

Training and resources for web accessibility.

Language etiquette.

Two new training modules to enhance health care providers’ ability to deliver disability-competent care that is accessible to people with intellectual, mobility, and other disabilities. Offered by the New Hampshire Disability and Public Health Project. Professional development credits available.

This video series explores the 7 Principles of Universal Design and how they can be applied to products, interfaces and spaces.