"Universal/Life Span Design is changing the form and function of the builtspace through the application of concepts and theories originating in the socio-psychological, rehabilitation, and gerontological disciplines. This design concept is augmented by several ongoing conditions that exert a strong influence on future housing design: Primarily, demographic changes in world populations, increased awareness of socio-psychological effects of an environment upon the user, and changing world economic conditions. Universal/Life Span Design concepts, as applied to the builtscape, are based on a diversity of human needs and the accommodations necessary to support these needs. It is an approach to design that incorporates products as well as building features and elements which, to the greatest extent possible, can be used by everyone. It includes design features in housing that are supportive, adaptable, accessible to all users, and provides for life safety features. This concept must be incorporated into design solutions to meet the needs of all users throughout their lifespan; including temporary, progressive or permanent disabilities, thereby ensuring that the builtscape is responsive to the user's changing needs. According to Goldsmith, Universal/Life Span Design can be divided into two ideologies: Micro-ideology is directed toward "special provisions" for the elderly and disabled through adaptation of design features for a "specialized group". This approach limits the universality of design because adaptations are considered only in regards to how they affect the disabled, resulting in "specialized design". Macro-ideology addresses the physical rights of access for all people. The challenge of this approach is to enable the public to accept Universal/Life Span Design as normal design benefitting all of society by offering a widespread range of functional use. A macro approach reaches out into the community to provide a life safety environment which promotes good health and has economic, social, and rehabilitative benefits for all users. The environment serves as a medium which might be structured or manipulated in such a way as to improve functioning for all persons. According to Lawton and Simon, the less competent the individual, the greater will be the reliance upon the environment. Interweaving Lawton and Nahemow's concept of "environmental press", we see how the environment shapes the actions of all persons of all ages. However, its influence is most keenly felt by the elderly and others whose competencies are reduced by illness of disability. Each environment exerts upon its occupants specific demands or "press". This environment press must be congruent with the capacities of the individual residing in that space if effective behavior is to occur.The goal of this presentation is to encourage continued interdisciplinary support in order to achieve Universal/Life Span Design."