No, universal design is not some new political theory thought up to regulate the lives of people. Actually, much of the changes we see in the physical environment as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are a reflection of the universal design principles infused there. So things like curb cuts or ramps into buildings or larger restroom stalls were built to provide access to people with disabilities, particularly wheelchair users. But what we discover, is that curb cuts benefit bike riders, parents with strollers, and delivery people among others. Changes in the physical environment end up benefiting the whole community. Before looking forward to universal social design, lets look back at universal design. Check out the link below to find out more.
About Jeff McNair
Professor of Special Ed and Disability Studies. Advocate for church involvement of people with disabilities.