The school recognizes universal design’s potential to enhance learning experiences for all students, including those with disabilities and special needs
LEED for Schools, Gold Certification
LCM considered all students’ abilities when providing universal design consulting for Langston Hughes Elementary School. This inclusive approach integrates elements that allow equal participation in daily activities.
For example, the barrier-free Discovery Garden courtyard features raised play areas designed for ease of transfer from a wheelchair. All students can participate in the tactile and sensory stimulation encouraged by that environment. Level interior thresholds enable unimpeded mobility. Full-height lockers have adjustable shelves to allow ease of reach by wheelchair users. All instructional classrooms are wheelchair accessible and some can accommodate special needs equipment.
Langston Hughes is the first Pre-K-8 public school in Chicago to be designed based on the Principles of Universal Design.