Disabilities no longer a barrier to Great Lakes


New adaptive kayaking at the Erie Canal Boat Company. Because of the lift, and the kayak’s special seat and a few safety features, a new accessible outdoor option is now available.

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.