25 years of disability rights


The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 changed society to be more accessible and inclusive. Twenty-five years later, here’s a look at some of the law’s biggest changes — and what lies ahead.

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.