Design Challenges
Our approach to collaborative design.

Universal design is usable by all people to the greatest extent possible, so let's figure out what’s possible.

Our design challenges are collaborative efforts between design professionals, people who understand disability, and occupational therapists. We use Workplace by Facebook, a process of design thinking from Stanford’s d.school, the PEO Model of Occupational Performance, and a human-centered design framework from LUMA Institute. These are currently volunteer opportunities, but compensation for professionals involved may be available if funding is available in the future.

Happening Now:

We’re currently doing design research with a wide range of people who understand different disabilities; we’re in the “empathize” and “define” stages of the design thinking process. Specific challenges will be announced soon.

The design thinking process: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test.

Focus Area #1: Homes

Home design plans may include: detached single family homes, attached single family homes (e.g., townhouses), multi-family housing (e.g., apartments), alternative homes (e.g., tiny homes, yurts), and more!


Focus Area #2: Programs

Program design plans may include: outdoor recreation activities, commercial recreation activities, events (e.g., fairs, festivals, weddings), travel and hospitality programs, school and church programs, and more!

Design Criteria:

  • Inclusive to people affected by any disability.
  • Capable of being implemented in multiple communities.
  • Financially accessible and socially sustainable.

Get Involved Remotely:

Want to help with a design challenge? You can join us from anywhere! Click here to fill out a volunteer application and Sarah Pruett (our program director) will get back to you.