5 Problems with Accessibility (And How Universal Design Fixes Them)


The goal of opening our communities to everyone has been around for decades. Since the 1970s, the US has focused its efforts on improving accessibility in spaces ranging from schools to 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.