In a passionate attempt to stop “lazy” people from parking in disabled parking spaces, members of a Swedish town’s Disability Council are seeking to post signs at each space. The signs will read, “Laziness is not a disability.” Unfortunately, due to the emotive nature of the sign, the town’s community development officer does not intend to approve the signs being posted.
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.