1: Design new homes and activities.
The inclusion of people affected by disability into the design of our communities is almost always an afterthought. This is what drives us to create design plans for (1) universally designed homes that work for anyone and (2) inclusive activities that allow anyone to participate.
2: Share the plans with communities everywhere.
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.
3: 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 or inclusive programs. 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. We design things that don’t need to be fixed. However, we understand the need and provide support to other organizations that do assist with modifications.
What about designing other things?
Universal design can be applied to a lot more than homes and activities. Our design process can be used for all sorts of things. If you have any specific ideas or requests, please get in touch to discuss.
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.