The disability community is full of amazing self-advocates, families and allies. My family considers this community a gift. We have met so many incredible souls, with and without disabilities, that we would not have met if we were not a family who has a child with a significant disability.
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.