In order to help identify toys with embedded universal design features, the Universal Design for Play Tool, is in development and has been field-tested nationally. Data on its validity and reliability have been collected and are currently being analyzed.
Using the UDP tool, a toy is rated on the quantity and quality of its universal design characteristics. The tool is comprised of the three primary principals of design with 2 items in each area. Each item can receive up to 5 points, with 30 being the highest rating. A higher score indicates its ability to be used by a wide range of children. The higher the score the more universal the design of the toy is.
Draft versions of the tool are available below. A final version will be available when the data analysis is complete (Fall, 2005).
More on the UDP Tool:
Development of the tool
Intended use of the tool