Even Lady Gaga can benefit from Universal Design…..

March 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm 1 comment

I frequently say we are all temporarily able-bodied.  In a previous blog post titled, “My personal journey with Universal Design”, I stated that we are all temporarily able-bodied.  No one can predict if, when and where illness, injury or disability may strike.  Accidents certainly do not discriminate by age, ability-level or even celebrity status.

In entertainment news I could not help but notice that Lady Gaga is temporarily using a wheelchair after a surgery to repair a torn labrum in her hip.  While she may be rolling around in a leather and 24 karat gold-plated wheelchair (see pictures here), it is a wheelchair nonetheless; one in which she may have never thought she would ever have to use at the ripe old age of 27.  As an occupational therapist that specializes in environmental modifications I start to ask, “how is she getting in/out of her home?  in/out of a shower? How is this environment impacting her ability to participate in daily and meaningful activities?”

Being proactive and incorporating Universal Design (Lifespan Design) features into your home/environment provides you with a layer of convenience now, and flexibility later to meet any changing life needs.  Universal Design features would certainly come in handy for Gaga right about now….what about for you?


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  • 1. Marty Tousley  |  March 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Debra, this is such an important point! The weekend after Christmas I slipped on a wet bathroom floor in the house we were renting for the winter in Florida, and fractured my pelvis in two places. I was in a wheelchair and / or on a walker for the entire time, until the end of February when we returned to our condo in northern Michigan, which was built with Universal Design. I am so grateful to be back home, in a place with wide hallways and doorways and safety bars in the bathrooms, and where I feel safe! Truly, you never know when something can happen to incapacitate you, even if it’s only temporary.


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