Good Fit Poor Fit Podcast

Exploring the interaction between people, design, and activity.

Good Fit Poor Fit is a podcast from The Universal Design Project, a nonprofit organization with a vision for every community across the United States to have a surplus of universally accessible homes. Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and the most popular podcast platforms.


016: Housing and Collaboration: Stories from the Field

Experiences as occupational therapists collaborating with building and design professionals.

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016: Housing and Collaboration: Stories from the Field
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015: Freestanding tubs, are they safe?

Even though these tubs are a current design trend, we polled our Design Advisors and they all agree this product’s design isn’t safe for most people.

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015: Freestanding tubs, are they safe?
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014: When lights don’t work even when they’re on.

Collaboration between an occupational therapist and a lighting designer will result in exterior lighting that’s a good fit for everyone.

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014: When lights don’t work even when they’re on.
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013: Good Bathroom Design is a Confidence Builder

Kati, an occupational therapy student, shares a story about how her client was able to look and feel her best for a special event because her bathroom was universally designed.

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013: Good Bathroom Design is a Confidence Builder
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012: Social distancing, isolation, and mental health

Our thoughts: Social distancing is now mandatory in the US due to COVID-19, but some people with disabilities experience social isolation every day.

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012: Social distancing, isolation, and mental health
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011: Are “stramps” universally designed?

We discuss how the internet isn’t always accurate in the description of universal design, and what our Design Advisors thought of this ramp/stair design.

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011: Are “stramps” universally designed?
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010: When you question if that backyard party is worth it or not

A backyard party at someone’s home turns from excitement to heartbreak when you have to question if you can attend the due to inaccessibility.

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010: When you question if that backyard party is worth it or not
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009: Benefits of a Well-Designed Garden

Sarah discusses how her friend increased the functionality of her garden by using raised garden beds and how an outdoor space improves mental health.

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009: Benefits of a Well-Designed Garden
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008: Research about interprofessional design

We discuss 3 themes from a peer-reviewed article: form versus function, the earlier the better, and universal design as a specialist area.

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008: Research about interprofessional design
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007: Do no-step entrances matter?

Of course they do. We’re talking about universal design! Listen to Julie & Jackson’s story. You’ll learn about what they have to do just to visit family or friends.

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007: Do no-step entrances matter?
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006: Mail & Macular Degeneration

Kati recounts a story about a patient who broke a hip and had struggles with a common yet meaningful task.

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006: Mail & Macular Degeneration
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005: Small garages don’t work well.

Sarah shares a story & some thoughts about the functionality of parking areas. It’s the little things that make a big difference for universal design!

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005: Small garages don’t work well.
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004: Invisible Disabilities & Universal Design

Sarah and Kati talk about various universal design features to increase function for those living with invisible disabilities.

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004: Invisible Disabilities & Universal Design
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003: Reflections on patients and their homes

Sarah talks with Kati about discharge scenarios and what home modifications looked like for their patients.

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003: Reflections on patients and their homes
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002: PEO Model & Collaboration

Design can create a “good fit,” or a “poor fit.” One of the models we use is the Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) model of Occupational Performance.

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002: PEO Model & Collaboration
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001: Mission & Vision

Welcome to the first episode of the Good Fit Poor Fit podcast! Learn more about The Universal Design Project and what got us to where we are today.

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001: Mission & Vision
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