The adjustable sink and work surfaces at various heights allow people of different heights, seated or standing, to use the kitchen.
The knee space at the cooktop may be used as either storage or as knee space and is concealed or revealed as needed with bi-fold doors. Appliances may be approached from either side or head on, making it possible for users with either a dominant right or left side to use all fixtures and appliances.
Push buttons/touch controls are easy for all users to activate. Indicator lights on the cooktop guide the user in appliance function.
Countertops have edge strip that contrasts visually and tactilely. The flooring presents a pattern of definition for clear orientation. The appliances incorporate visual, audible, and sometimes tactile feedback. Task lighting and appliance lighting maximizes "legibility" of essential information.
Scald control faucets and tabletop microwave oven prevent serious injury.
Most features, but especially pull-out accessories with loop handles, lever hardware and touch controls, and low shelves require minimal effort by the user.
General circulation space, knee spaces, and parking spaces at kitchen features allow use by most people. Storage is planned with a concentration in the most usable range of 18 inches to 48 inches above the floor.
GE New Home Essentials/Living Center incorporating many concepts of universal design. d
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