Did you know that some people have trouble regulating their temperature when it’s too hot or too cold outside? I subscribe to Meg Johnson’s channel on youtube and this is one of her newest videos. She’s really showing you how she makes hot chocolate (she has a spinal cord injury), but she also brings up a good point I don’t think many people realize. (on a side note, she has a lot of great videos on her channel so check her out!)
A big part of universal design is making places functional for a variety of people. When planning an event for the public (especially an outdoor one like fairs, festivals, craft shows, and local celebrations), those helping with preparations should make sure there are places where people can go to keep warm or stay cool in the shade. This lets people stay outside longer and enjoy the event.
I know Scott and I haven’t attended events just because we were worried he’d get too hot. We’ve taken water bottles along and those fans that spray mist just so he doesn’t overheat. Just like Meg in the video above, his body does not sweat so he gets overheated easily.
This isn’t just for people with trouble regulating their temperature, but for the general public. When we’re hot we want to get into a cooler place and drink something refreshing! This is helpful for kids and adults alike. No wonder theme parks have those areas of mist where you can walk through and cool down a bit. These stations placed throughout the event allows for more users to take advantage of the perks with friends and family without worry of overheating or getting too cold.