Our “Design-Share-Support” Model:
Share design plans with communities near & far.
It’s rare to find examples of universal design done well. We’re working to change that. We want universal design to be accessible to as many people as possible, so we share our design plans for anyone to use, anywhere. The plans will be available on this website, and we’re exploring ideas for in-person outreach.
Support implementation efforts.
While design is a big piece of the puzzle, the design plans alone may not be enough for successful implementation of universally accessible homes. We offer support that includes training and problem-solving about how to best accommodate people with specific disabilities.
What about fixing inaccessibility?
We don’t do accessibility modifications. Instead, we design things that don’t need to be fixed. Our hope is to help facilitate change on a systems level. However, we understand the need and are looking into ways that our support can be helpful to organizations that do assist with modifications.
What about designing other things?
Right now we’re focused on housing. Our model can be applied to the design of anything, but we only focus on designing things that can be replicated at scale. The next step will likely be related to activities. Both are major areas of opportunity for improving the lives of people affected by disability.
Why do this as a nonprofit?
Because funding needs to come from sources other than consumers to effectively minimize exclusion in design. We believe that collaboration between design professionals, health care professionals, human service professionals, and people affected by disability is incredibly important. This level of collaboration is unrealistic to do in the private sector, largely due to costs that would have to be absorbed by consumers, many of whom can’t afford it, but need it the most.