Notes on Universal Design

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The blog Access on Mainstreet published a post entitled Showing Some Backbone:

A new study indicates that far more Americans than previously estimated-5.6 million people, or about 1 in 50-have some level of paralysis in their arms and/or legs. The reason for the increase has to do with a shift in definition rather than demographics; people or their family members were simply asked about functional capabilities rather than their conformance to a specific medical model. The study didn't even count non-nervous system causes for limited limb movement, such as arthritis. Moral for product developers: scratch a functional definition and find a more significant market for universal design features than you may have thought.

NYTimes: Study raises estimate of paralyzed Americans

 

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http://www.accessonmainstreet.net/2009/04/21/showing-some-backbone/

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