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Would these choices work?


Apr 8, 2004
Dear native English speakers,

Would all these sentence sound right?
Q) Choose two sentences below that match what you have read in the text.
(a) "Barrier-free" and "universal design" are exactly the same thing.
(b) The name "universal design" was introduced in 1980 by a person named Ronald L.
(c) Many modern rest rooms are designed for a person in wheelchair and a parent with
a baby to use easily.
(d) Ronald L. Mace wrote "Principles of Universal Design".
(e) The floor blocks that you can often find at stations are for people in wheelchairs to move

TEXT:(For your information)
The expressions “barrier-free” and “universal design” are about making places and products easier for elderly or disabled people to use. Do you know the difference between these two?

At the front of many public buildings, there are ramps as well as steps. They help people who have difficulty walking to enter the building easily. At stations we find special floor blocks that help people with vision problems to walk safely along the platform. Both are good examples of a “barrier-free” environment. They help people who are elderly or disabled.
“Universal design,” on the other hand, is about designing things that are easy for all people to use. A good example is the escalator. Large public buildings have always had stairs to allow people to go up and down inside the building. Some people, however, had difficulty using the stairs. When escalators were introduced, it became possible for everybody to go from one floor to another with ease. This was an example of “universal design.”
It is the same with many modern restrooms. They have space for a person in a wheelchair or a parent with a baby. There are rails for disabled people to hold, and there is a table on which a parent can change a baby’s diaper.
The name “universal design” was introduced in the 1980s by an American professor, Ronald L. Mace. He himself used a wheelchair. His idea was that places and things should be easy for everyone to use.
If you read his “Principles of Universal Design,” you can understand more clearly his way of thinking. His basic idea was that things should be designed so that all people—young, old, disabled, not disabled—can use them. In addition, he thought that a design should be simple to understand. That means everyone should be able to use places or products easily without having experience, knowledge, or language ability.

Thanks in advance.