20090303 Accessible Infrastructure
Tue, Mar 3, 2009
Accessible Infrastructure is about ensuring that all public infrastructure is accessible and appropriate to all disabled people. It goes beyond mobility and physical access and acknowledges the full gamut of disability including intellectual, learning, and psychiatric disabilities and other impairments. The principle of universal design informs accessible infrastructure.
Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. The intent of the universal design concept is to simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more usable by more people at little or no extra cost. The universal design concept targets all people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.