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Accessibility in the Wild

This a great article about better designed areas in the public domain. One point to emphasize is that designing to ADA standards, which are minimum functional standards in many areas, should not be our highest aspiration; instead, just a starting point. Also, note that the authors make a compelling demographic case for significant numbers of us with human performance characteristics that are wide ranging. I believe that the demographics, however significant, aren't the reason to embrace a universal approach to design. We've needed to adopt a universal approach for a long, long time; prior even to our society's changes over the past 40 years. Rather, our demographics offer a reason for urgency. Let's do it now!

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