When landscape architect Steve Saling was diagnosed with ALS in 2006, he was determined to live as well as he could. “Our society treats prisoners with more dignity and respect than the chronically disabled,” Saling told CNN. “[They’re] kept alive but with no life.”
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.