Universal Design: coming to a city near you!

May 8, 2010 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

It is a beautiful Saturday morning in the Northeast, so it is easy for me, today, to put on my rose-colored glasses, sip my coffee and be inspired when I hear more stories about people spreading the word about Universal Design.

A brief article on the Disability Rights Oregon website reviews the “Portland Plan”.  The plan “will be the city’s road map for the next 25 years, guiding our direction as the city grows and changes.”  Universal Design has been incorporated into this plan, with the end goal being “sidewalks, parks, housing and transit built to be useable by everyone over the next 25 years.”  

Although we still have quite a long way to go to make our communities useable by everyone, this is one step in the right direction.  I am happy to see that Portland is creating more awareness about Universal Design and proactively working towards meeting the needs of their residents.  It’s a slow and bumpy process, but at least Portland is over one of those bumps.

What’s happening in your state regarding Universal Design?

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