People With Disabilities Hit Hardest By Storms, Say Advocates


As Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolinas, Terry Helvie and her children were forced to evacuate to a shelter farther inland. They met a new set of challenges there.

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.