Universal Design: Housing Solutions for All Ages and Abilities

Please note that this module is not available for continuing education credit.

Category: Aging Smart

Good News! We're living longer. Most of us can look forward to many more years ahead. However, as we get older we may face some limitations with our strength and mobility. These changes can often make it more difficult to age in place. Also, we may have loved ones who are not able to use and enjoy features in our homes, or worse, may not be able to visit us because our homes are too difficult for them to get around. This module will review Universal Design and how it can simplify our lives no matter how old we are, what our abilities are, or how much money we have.


Ohio State University Extension

Our goal at the Ohio State University is, through our Extension services, to bring the knowledge of the university directly to you so that you may better your lives, businesses, and communities.  To that end, we created the Aging Smart Program, which we hope to continue to grow.  We were fortunate enough to have several OSU Extension Educators contribute to the development of the Aging Smart Program: their names are listed below.

We hope you find this module to be helpful, and will consider taking all of the Aging Smart modules! 

Kathryn Green, M.S.
Ohio State University Extension Educator
OSU Extension: Family and Consumer Sciences

Carmen Irving, M.A., CFLE, CYC-P
Healthy Relationships Program Specialist
OSU Extension: Family and Consumer Sciences


  1. Understand the benefits of Universal Design.
  2. Identify a process to determine which Universal Design features are most important for your situation.
  3. Identify resources available to help locate and install Universal Design features.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases in some instances, and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with a Module Feedback form. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.