The Universal Design Project is a new nonprofit organization as of February, 2016. We’re excited to see where this goes!
This nonprofit is the next chapter in the story that Sarah (my wife) and I have been part of together over the past four years to help move the concept of universal design forward. We’ll tell that story later, but the short of it is that we’re moving into the nonprofit space to open doors for opportunities to make a bigger impact than what we’ve been able to do as independent consultants (under the name Universal Design Partners).
The good news is that we’ve learned a lot since 2012, and we’re not starry-eyed about simply showing up and convincing industries to do things differently than what they’ve done for decades. That doesn’t work.
There’s still a lot of need for better accessibility in our society, and until there’s a significant shift in the processes of design, most of the discussion will continue to be about what needs to be fixed. The trick is getting the business world to understand that universal design isn’t only for special situations, but truly beneficial for everyone.