Why we need more stories of disability that aren’t about overcoming disability.


Most stories that reach mainstream audiences about disability require the person to “overcome” it. You’ve seen the headlines: “Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle” or “Paralyzed student walks on graduation day.”

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.