The Universal Design Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2016 to address the problem of inaccessibility in our homes and communities.
Inaccessible design results in everyday activities being difficult or impossible to perform, thus reducing quality of life for millions of people affected by disability.
We do not provide direct services to individuals. We’re solving the problem of inaccessibility on a systems level by helping businesses and organizations serve their communities better.
Our headquarters are in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Sarah Pruett, MOT, OTR/L, CAPS is a registered and licensed occupational therapist, and Scott Pruett has lived with a spinal cord injury since 1999.
Before founding this organization, we spent several years doing private universal design consulting, which led us to discover an unsettling widespread lack of collaboration between designers and people who have experience with disability.
Founding The Universal Design Project as a nonprofit minimized our dependency on consulting revenue and allows us to focus on a design process that’s highly collaborative and has the potential to help make communities more welcoming to people affected by disability.