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Accessible Engineering

45+ minutes

Grade level: Lessons for 9-12

Big idea

Using the seven Universal Design Principles, students will define an accessibility problem using the social and medical models of disability and then design a solution.

In the Film

Our world is built and designed for a certain kind of human— one with two arms and two legs who stands a median height and weighs a median weight. However, there are people, like Ty Duckett from Superhuman Body, who have different physical characteristics that engineers and architects must take into consideration when designing items, buildings, and other spaces.


  1. Students will design and compare solutions to accessibility problems that use the medical model and the social model of disability.

Videos in this lesson

NGSS Standards

Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.