From Scott Pruett in Universal Design Partners:
Sarah & I spent half the day on the road on Wednesday to meet with a friend who we're getting to help us create some visuals for the universal design concepts we use for consulting. Driving gives me time to think (kind of like showers do), and one of the ideas I couldn't shake from my mind was the design of our transportation infrastructure today.
If you've read our free eBook - Universal Design: Simplified - you'll recall an analogy that noted how it's possible to hop in a car and literally drive just about anywhere without concern. The systems of [public] roads here in America are pretty great. Most any car can get from point A to point B with ease.
Spend a day with someone who doesn't have a perfectly functional body and see what it's like to get around a city. I've used a wheelchair for 13+ years and regardless of how skilled I've gotten at using it, I still run into hazards everywhere. If hazards that affected the safety of cars on the road were as prevalent as those that affect the safety and ease-of-use of wheelchairs (or any other type of mobility support/device, really), there'd be an uproar by the millions of drivers out there.
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