25 years after landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, efforts to aid the disabled continue

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For two decades Douglas J. Usiak worked to drum up support for a law protecting the rights of those with disabilities. He went to rallies, organized voter registration drives and prodded politicians and candidates.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.