For Disabled Subway Riders, the Biggest Challenge Can Be Getting to the Train


“We all need to get to work,” said Ms. Amari, a supervisor at the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled. The subway has pledged to add enough elevators by 2025 that no rider would be more than two stops from an accessible station.

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.