A new hope for hikers with disabilities – access to information


Portland-based Access Recreation isn’t pushing for better access on trails, it’s pushing for better access to information on trails. For these hikers, that makes a world of difference.

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.