Inclusion: The Bigger Picture

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The recent controversy regarding the Academy Awards’ lack of inclusion of black actors for award nominations is sadly only part of the problem. The issue of inclusion in Hollywood echos with many minority populations, and was brought up quite poignantly in an episode of Netflix’s Master of None in an episode called “Indians on TV.”

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.