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Americans with Disabilities Act and Universal Design Resources

The Basics

Specialized Resources

Additional Resources

Use this guide to locate resources on barrier free, accessibility and universal design in the UC Berkeley libraries and on the internet. For additional assistance consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.

"Universal Design is an approach to design that incorporates products as well as building features which, to the greatest extent possible, can be used by everyone." Ron Mace, The Center for Universal Design. "Accessibility" addresses the needs of a few people with separate circumstances from those of the public at large. (From the DSA Universal Design Web site, State of California).

Compiled by Susan Koskinen, updated by David Eifler and Jaye Fishel, Environmental Design Library
Content reviewed: September 21, 2011

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

For web-based dictionaries and encyclopedias see Electronic Resources.

  1. Dictionary of Disability Terminology (PDF) /edited by David Blocksidge. Singapore: Disabled People's Association.
  2. The Fairchild dictionary of interior design / Martin M. Pegler; with illustrations by Ron Carboni. 2nd ed. New York : Fairchild, 2006. Fairchild reference collection.
    Environmental Design NK1165.P4 2006 Reference
  3. Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities Terminology, Third Edition (search online) Barbara Y. Whitman (Author, Editor), Pasquale J. Accardo (Editor),
  4. Encyclopedia of American disability history / edited by Susan Burch ; foreword by Paul K. Longmore. New York : Facts On File, c2009.
    Doe Reference Reference Hall HV1553 .E523 2009 v.1-3 (2009)
  5. Encyclopedia of disability / general editor, Gary L. Albrecht. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2006.
    Doe Reference Reference Hall HV1568 .E528 2006 v.1-5 (c2006)


Design Guides & Handbooks

  1. Accessible design review guide: an ADAAG guide for designing and specifying spaces, buildings, and sites / the Accessible Space Team, Robert Grist .[et al.]. New York: McGraw-Hill, c1996.
    Environmental Design NA2545.A1 A25 1996 Reference
  2. The accessibility checklist: an evaluation system for buildings and outdoor settings / Susan M. Goltsman, Timothy A. Gilbert, Steven D. Wohlford ; illustrations, Nana L. Kirk. Berkeley, Calif. : MIG Communications, c1993.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 G64 1993 [v. 1-2] (1993)
  3. Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines: checklist for buildings and facilities. Los Angeles: BNi Building News, [1996?].
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 A435 1996 Reference
  4. Barrier Free Design Handbook - published by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Office of Construction & Facilities Management TIL - Architectural Accessibility
  5. CalDAG 2003: California disabled accessibility guidebook: interpretive manual & checklist for the design, construction and inspection of public accommodations, commercial buildings, publicly funded housing and transportation facilities / Michael P. Gibbens. 5th ed., millennia. Canoga Park, CA : Builder's Book, Inc., c2003.
    Environmental Design KFC819.H35.G53 2003
  6. Disability Access Symbols, by The Graphic Artists Guild. Twelve symbols used to promote and publicize accessibility of places, programs and activities for people with various disabilities.
  7. Handbook on standards and guidelines in ergonomics and human factors / edited by Waldemar Karwowski. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006. Human factors and ergonomics.
    Engineering TA166.H2775 2006 Environmental Design TA166.H2775 2006 Reference
  8. Pocket guide to the ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities / Evan Terry Associates. Rev. ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, c1997.
    Environmental Design KF5709.3.H35 P63 1997 Reference
  9. Time saver standards for housing and residential development / edited by Joseph De Chiara, Julius Panero, Martin Zelnik. 2nd ed. New York : McGraw-Hill, c1995.
    Environmental Design Reference NA9051.T55 1995
  10. Time saver standards for interior design and space planning / [edited by] Joseph De Chiara, Julius Panero, Martin Zelnik. New York: McGraw-Hill, c2001.
    Environmental Design NK2110.T48 2001 Reference
  11. Time saver standards for urban design / editors, Donald Watson editor-in-chief, Alan Plattus, Robert G. Shibley. 1st ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, c2003.
    Environmental Design HT166.T47 2003
  12. Universal design handbook / Wolfgang F E Preiser; Korydon H Smith. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
    Environmental Design NA2545.A1 U55 2011


Search terms for finding books or articles

Use the Library's catalogs to find books and Indexes to find articles.

Older people -- Dwellings
Architecture, Domestic -- United States
Barrier-free design for children with disabilities
People with disabilities -- Housing
Barrier-free design
Dwellings -- Barrier-free design
Homeless persons--Housing
Low-income housing
Older people -- Dwellings
Older people -- Housing
People with Disabilities -- Dwellings
Shelters for the homeless -- United States
Sociology of disability
Universal Design
Public housing
People with disabilities -- Housing.

Article Indexes

Use INDEXES on your topic to find articles. Some online indexes/databases include the full text of articles or useUC-eLinks to find the item. To locate the print journal; search the Library's catalogs by journal title to find the shelving location and call number for the journal.


Regulatory Resources - the Act and Codes

  1. The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968
  2. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended
  3. The Access Board - The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design.
  4. Accessibility Laws Laws concerning the Access Board.
  5. Accessible and usable buildings and facilities : ICC A117.1-2009 : American National Standard. Washington, DC : International Code Council, c2010. More information and digital subscriptions
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 A218 2010
  6. ADA Home - Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  7. U.S. Department of Justice 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. - In HTLM and PDF.
  8. ADA Americans with Disabilities Act architectural barrier removal & compliance manual : a simplified approach to accessibility. Jordan, James E. (James Eldridge). Based on: 1998 California Building Code ; 1997 Uniform Building Code ; ADA accessibilty guidelines ; Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines ; 1998 California Plumbing Code ; 1998 California Electrical Code.
    Environmental Design Reference KFC819.H35 J67 1999
  9. ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG) Originally published in July 1991, this version as amended through September 2002. Available as PDF.
  10. ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG). Updated accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities covered by the ADA and the ABA. Published in the Federal Register July 23, 2004,supplemented September 26, 2013 to include provisions for outdoor developed areas on federal sites. 
  11. Guide to the Updated ADA Standards. Available as PDF.
  12. Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act accessibility guidelines / United States Access Board. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. Washington, D.C.: United States Access Board, [2004] Also available online.
    Environmental Design Reference KF5709.3.H35.A98 2004
  13. Americans with Disabilities Act: accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities (ADAAG) / Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. Washington, DC : U.S. Access Board, [1998-].
    Environmental Design KF5709.3.H35 A7 1998
  14. American national standard : accessible and usable buildings and facilities / secretariat, International Code Council. Country Club Hills, IL : The Council, c2004.
    Environmental Design Reference NA2545.P5 A425 2004
  15. Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines: checklist for buildings and facilities. Los Angeles: BNi Building News, 1996.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5.A435 1996 Reference
  16. The CalACS accessibility standards interpretive manual : Title 24 requirements and interpretations for accessible. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: California Access Compliance Source, c1993.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5.C35 1993
  17. California state accessibility standards: interpretive manual /prepared by the Office of the State Architect. 3rd ed. Sacramento, CA: Office of the State Architect, 1989.
    Environmental Design KFC813.A434.A2 1989
  18. Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) Design requirements developed under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) for facilities designed, built, or altered with Federal funds. About the ABA Standards.


Codes: Guides & Manuals

  1. A guide to California multi-family disabled access regulations / compiled & edited by California Building Officials. 2nd ed. Sacramento, Calif.: California Building Officials, 1997.
    Environ Design KFC813.A434.G85 1997 Reference
  2. Accessibility reference guide: an illustrated commentary on U.B.C. Chapter 11 and CABO/ANSI A117.1-1992. Whittier, CA: International Conference of Building Officials, 1998. Includes Code text with definitions and dimensions on detailed drawings on building accessibility, egress. Includes an ADAAG to UNC/ANSI cross reference guide.
    Environmental Design KF5701.A46 1998 Reference
  3. ADA Americans with Disabilities Act architectural barrier removal & compliance manual: a simplified approach to accessibility / James E. Jordan. Prescott, AZ: Jordan Pub., c1999.
    Environmental Design KFC819.H35 J67 1999
  4. An Architect's guide to building codes & standards / [produced by the American Institute of Architects Building. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C. : AIA, c1990.
    Environmental Design KF5701.A4.A73 1990 Reference
  5. Architectural building codes: a graphic reference / by James G. Scott. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1997.
    Environmental Design KF5701 .S38 1997 Reference // Law Library KF5701 .S38 1997
  6. Architectural Design and Regulation / Rob Imrie and Emma Street. Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  7. Barrier free design: the law: selected federal laws and ADA accessibility guidelines / by Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association. Rev. Jackson Heights, NY: The Association, 1992.
    Environmental Design KF5709.3.H35 B3 1992
  8. A basic guide to fair housing accessibility: everything architects and builders need to know about the Fair Housing Act accessibility guidelines / written by Peter A. Stratton; edited by Michael J. Crosbie. New York: Wiley, c2001.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 S765 2001
  9. California accessibility reference manual: code and checklist: an illustrated guide to Title 24 and the ADA requirements for Accessible design and construction. Canoga Park, CA: Builder's Book, inc., 2003.
    Environmental Design KFC813.C24 2003 Reference
  10. The California accessibility standards interpretative manual: a comprehensive guide to the California Title 24 regulations and interpretations for public accommodations, commercial and office buildings, public buildings and other non-residential occupancies including hotels / Isam Hasenin. 2nd ed. Canoga Park, CA: Builder's Book, Inc., c1998.
    Environmental Design KFC819.H35.H37 1998
  11. Code finder for building and construction : building codes, fire codes, plumbing codes, mechanical codes, electrical codes, public works standards, water and wastewater standards / Dennis Phinney. BNi Building News: Irvine, Calif., 2006.
    Environmental Design TH425 .P495 2006. Also available on CD-ROM
  12. Division of the State Architect’s Access Compliance Reference Manual - A compilation of California's Statutes, Title 24 Regulations, DSA Policies, DSA Interpretations of Regulations and DSA Checklists related to accessibility for persons with disabilities.
  13. Home Modification Resource Guide. 4th ed., 2003.(PDF)
  14. Illustrated 2000 building code handbook / Terry L. Patterson. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2001.
    Environmental Design TH420.P38 2001 Reference
  15. Inclusive design guidelines / Robert Piccolo; New York (N.Y.). Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities; Steven Winter Associates; International Code Council . New York : McGraw-Hill, c2010.
    Environmental Design NA2547 .I53 2010
  16. McGraw-Hill on-site guide to building codes 2000 : commercial and residential interiors / William David Smith III, Laura. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2001.
    Environmental Design TH425.S625 2001 Reference
  17. The Simplus code finder for building and construction: building codes, fire codes, plumbing codes, mechanical codes, electrical codes, public works standards / Dennis Phinney, P.E. 2nd ed. Los Angeles, CA: BNI Publications, c1998.
    Environmental Design TH425 .P5 1998 Reference; disk at Circulation Desk


Design for Barrier-Free, Accessible and Universal Design

  1. Accessible architecture : age and disability-friendly planning and building in the 21st century / edited by Joachim Fischer and Philipp Meuser. Berlin : DOM, c2009.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 B3913 2009
  2. Accessible housing by design: universal design principles in practice / Steven Winter Associates. New York: McGraw-Hill, c1997.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P45.A33 1997
  3. Accessible housing: quality, disability and design / Robert Imrie. England, New York: Routledge, 2006.
    Environmental Design NA2545 A1 I46 2006
  4. Aging in Place & Universal Design Resources, 2009. Dept. Of Housing and Community Development State of California (PDF)
  5. The Assist guidebook to the accessible home: practical designs for home modifications and New Construction / prepared by ...Salt Lake City, Utah : Assist, Inc., c2002.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5.A86 2002
  6. Barrier free design: a manual for building designers and managers / James Holmes-Siedle. Oxford: Butterworth Architecture, 1996.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 H641 1996
  7. Basics barrier-free planning / Isabella Skiba, Rahel Züger.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 S55 2009
  8. Beautiful universal design: a visual guide / Cynthia A. Leibrock, James Evan Terry. New York: John Wiley, c1999.
    Environmental Design NA2545.A1 L45 1999
  9. A blueprint for action: a resource for promoting home modifications / compiled by the Center for Universal Design. Raleigh, NC : The Center, c1997.
    NRLF HD 7287.92. U54.B58 1997
  10. Consumer's guide to home adaptation / ed. Tom Noll ; ill., Linda Bourke. Boston, MA: Adaptive Environments Center, 2002 printing.
    Environmental Design TH4816.C65 2002
  11. Countering design exclusion: an introduction to inclusive design / Simeon Keates and John Clarkson. London ; New York: Springer, c2003.
    Environmental Design TA174.K43 2003 // Engineering TA174.K43 2003
  12. Design for independent living: the environment and physically disabled people / by Raymond Lifchez and Barbara Winslow. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1979.
    Environmental Design and NRLF NA2545.P5L5 1979
  13. Fair Housing Act Design Manual: a manual to assist designers and builders in meeting the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act / designed and developed by Barrier Free Environments, Inc. First published in 1996, this manual provides clear and helpful guidance about ways to design and construct housing which complies with the Fair Housing Act. [Washington, D.C.?] : U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and the Office of Housing, 1998.
    Environmental Design HD7288.76.U5 U541 1998
  14. Gracious spaces: universal interiors by design / Irma Laufer Dobkin and Mary Jo Peterson. NY: McGraw-Hill, c1999.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5.D62 1999
  15. High-access home : design and decoration for barrier-free living / Charles A. Riley, II. New York: Rizzoli, c1999.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 R53 1999
  16. Inclusive design: design for the whole population / edited by John Clarkson..[et al.]. London; New York: Springer, c2003. 608 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Environmental Design TA174. I464 2003.
    Environmental Design TA174 .I464 2003
  17. Inclusive design: designing and developing accessible environments / Rob Imrie and Peter Hall. London; New York: Spon Press, 2001.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5.I47 2001
  18. Readily achievable checklist: a survey for accessibility / project director, Elaine Ostroff; authors: James Gary Cronburg, Joshua Barnett, Nancy Goldman. Updated and rev. ed. Boston, MA: Adaptive Environments Center, 1993, c1991.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 R43 1993
  19. Universal and accessible design for products, services, and processes UC Only / Robert F. Erlandson. Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2008.
    Environmental Design NA2545.A1 E75 2008
  20. Universal design: a manual of practical guidance for architects / Selwyn Goldsmith with PRP Architects; CAD drawings by Jeanette Dezart. Oxford; Boston: Architectural Press, 2000.
    Environmental Design NA2750 .G62 2000
  21. Universal design: creative solutions for ADA compliance / Roberta L. Null with Kenneth F. Cherry. Belmont, Calif.: Professional Publications, c1996. Includes case studies for different building types, post occupancy evaluation, drawings and details.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5.N85 1996
  22. The universal design file: designing for people of all ages and abilities / authors, Molly Follette Story, James. Rev. ed. North Carolina: NC State University, Center for Universal Design, c1998. Explains the principles of universal design with drawings, photos and bibliographies.
    Environmental Design TA174.S79 1998


Human Dimension / Ergonomics

Use for measurement, scale, human comfort, social environment, for more resources use search terms in the catalogs and indexes.

  1. Environmental ergonomics: the ergonomics of human comfort, health, and performance in the thermal environment /..1st ed. Amsterdam; Boston: Elsevier, 2005. Elsevier ergonomics se; v.3. Includes physiology, heat stress, cold stress, and thermal comfort.
    Online and Print
  2. Human dimension & interior space: a source book of design reference standards / by Julius Panero and Martin Zelnik. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1979.
    Environmental Design NA2542.4.P356 1979 Reference and Stacks
  3. Human factors methods : a practical guide for engineering and design / Neville A. Stanton . [et al.]. Aldershot, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub. Co., c2005.
    Environ Design TA166.H795 2005 and online UCB Only
  4. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (IESBS) UCB Only. This major social science reference work is the electronic version of the 26 volume IESBS. It contains 3800+ articles spread over 99 subject areas. Links from references to full text articles and indexes.
    Anthropology, Doe Reference H41.I58 2001 v. 1-26
  5. The measure of man and woman: human factors in design / Alvin R.Tilley; Henry Dreyfuss Associates; Rev. ed.New York: Wiley, c2002. also in Engineering. Includes human measurements, added details for computer stations, ada compliance.
    Environmental Design TA166.M393 2002. Book in stacks, CD at Circulation Desk
  6. Methods in environmental and behavioral research / edited by Robert B. Bechtel, Robert W. Marans, William Michelson. New York: Van Nostrand, 1987.
    Environmental Design BF353.M481 1987
  7. Public places and private spaces: the psychology of work, play, and living environments / Albert Mehrabian. New York : Basic Books, c1976.
    Environmental Design BF353.M41. Also copies in Education/Psychology and Moffitt.


Design For Community

  1. The access manual: auditing and managing inclusive built environments / Ann Sawyer and Keith Bright. Oxford; Ames, Iowa: Blackwell, 2004.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5.S3 2004
  2. Designing for the homeless: architecture that works / Sam Davis. Berkeley: University of California Press, c2004.
    Environmental Design NA7540.D385 2004
  3. Humanistic design of assisted living / John P. Marsden. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, c2005. Includes design guidelines.
    Environmental Design RA998.5.M37 2005
  4. Inclusive urban design: streets for life / Elizabeth Burton and Lynne Mitchell. Oxford; Burlington, MA: Architectural Press, 2006.
    Environmental Design HT166.B87 2006
  5. Planning & Designing the Physically Active Community Or find the link at
    American Planning Association, updated July 2005.
  6. Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an architecture of decency / text by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean; photographs by Timothy ...New York: Princeton Architectural Press, c2002.
    Environmental Design NA2300.A9.D43 2002
  7. Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: community architecture / edited by David Moos & Gail Trechsel. Birmingham, Ala.: Birmingham Museum of Art; New York, NY: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, c2003.
    Environmental Design NA737.M63 2003
  8. Transitional housing: a bridge to stability and self-sufficiency: best practices in program design and delivery. San Francisco, CA: Homebase, Center for Common Concerns, 1998.
    Environmental Design HV554.5.T725 1998
  9. Universal design and visitability: from accessability to zoning / edited by Jack Nasar & Jennifer Evans-Cowley. Columbus, Ohio : [The John Glenn School of Public Affairs?], 2007.
    Environmental Design NA2545.P5 U57 2007


Selected Journals

  1. Design for aging review. Washington, DC: American Institute of Architects. A biannual competition that showcases facilities that improve quality of life for the aging while exhibiting innovation in their design and execution. The Design for Aging Review program, a joint effort of the AIA and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, includes a juried exhibition, a companion book, and education programs. The program encompasses a broad view of facilities designed for senior citizens, including nursing homes, dementia care, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities.
    Environmental Design NA2545.A3.D46 Noncirculating Library has 1992, 1994, 2000(5)-2004(6)
    Environmental Design NA2545.A3 .D484 2008 Library has 2008(9)
  2. Access by design : the journal of the Centre for Accessible Environments. London : Centre for Accessible Environments, 1990- . Library Has 51(Jan/Apr 1990)-97(2003)-125(winter 2010).
    Environmental Design NA2545.A1 D4
  3. Access currents : current news from the U.S. Access Board. Washington, DC : United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.
    Environmental Design HV3022.A2 A335 Library Has 3(1997)-July-August 2010 v.16 no.4
    Link to online version(s):
  4. Accessible transportation around the world : the newsletter of Access Exchange International. San Francisco, Calif. : Access Exchange International, 2002-. Institute of Transportation Studies Periodicals. 2002 Jun-current.
  5. Design Research and Methods Journal An archive of articles, guides, and tech sheets published by the Center for Universal Design between 1989 and 2008. Some publications are not included because of copyright issues, but are still available from the Center for Universal Design


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