Universal Design in the News

Here from Inside Bay Area is another of example of "second wave" mainstream reporting on Universal Design. The first wave began nearly 30 years after the concept was first created during the Disability Rights Movement on the 1970's. Confusion between ADA checklists for accessibility compliance and Universal Design as a design approach was typical of that era of reporting. The current message implicitly grasps that UD is not a style but emphasizing that it is specifically not a sterile lack-of-style or "hospital sterility."


Unfortunately, that message is only circulating among appliance makers, home builders, and remodelers. It has yet to permeate the business culture of hotels, resorts and airlines -- with exceptions like Alaska Airlines according to Travels with Pain and Springboard Consulting's Disability Matters Awards.

If you plan to live out your retirement years in your own home, adding universal design features will make aging in place safer and more comfortable. And if you should later sell, your buyers will appreciate how these upgrades anticipate their future needs.

Unlike home improvements designed to make an immediate impression, universal design additions with the most sales appeal are discreet.

"The beauty of universal design is when you're able to incorporate something that looks great and doesn't jump out at you," says

Paul Sullivan, a remodeling contractor in Newton, Mass.

In other words, says

Armand Christopher, a Realtor and designated Seniors Real Estate Specialist: "You don't put in hospital-grade grab bars in a bathroom when you are remodeling."

Fortunately, you don't have to settle for the institutional look. From ergonomically designed faucet handles to skid-free flooring, today's universal design products are stylish and subtle.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Recent Entries

Travel with Service Dogs
Image via Wikipedia Stephen Wechselblatt, Founder & CEO at i-can-travel offer the following reflection on service animals and travel:Traveling with…
Universal Design in the News
Here from Inside Bay Area is another of example of "second wave" mainstream reporting on Universal Design. The first wave…
Brazil/US Knowledge Exchange for World Cup and Olympics
Brazil and the United States have established a working relationship for the organization of the 2014 World Cup and…
Where Is My Disabled Parking Pass Recognized Outside My Own Country?
Bert Morris and Laurianne Krid have published a valuable guide on parking permits and reciprocity ruls for their use between…
Canada promotes Inclusion and Accessibility at Conferences
The Government of Canada is inviting not-for-profit organizations to apply for funding to improve the accessibility of conferences and key…
Videophones
Deaf 411 provides information on Deaf culture. Here is an excerpt from their port on videophones:The videophone is an…
Get Out There and Explore the World!
An interview by Sandy Duybvetter of Travel Talk Radio with world traveler Mitch St. Pierre.…
Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission Discusses Increasing Ratios of Exclusion and Inaccessibility in Hotels
Image via Wikipedia"Unlocking Victorian Tourism : A draft report for further consultation and input" is a rhetorically balanced effort at rolling…