Snow covered sidewalks make travel difficult for people with disabilities

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The snow is causing serious concerns for those living with disabilities in our area. Many are feeling trapped inside their homes because of snow covered sidewalks.

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.