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Universal Design for Learning: Principles and Practice, Comments by David Rose from CAST on March 17, 2010
The ADA required that accessibility to buildings for people with disabilities be addressed. Unfortunately, add on ramps and access features were not attractive and created second class access to buildings.
People with disabilities were given access to buildings when the ADA required the addition of ramps, elevators, and other access features.
Unfortunately, those access features were added on in ways that were not aesthetically attractive to the design of buildings and created secondary
access paths into facilities. People with disabilities did not have the same "front door" access as people without disabilities.
Some building access designs were poorly thought out.
This building was built with an emergency wheelchair exit ramp on the exterior of the building for the 1988 Para Olympics in Seoul Korea.
The redesign of the entrances to Target stores were based on the principles of Universal Design. The entrance is designed first around accessibility for
people with disabilities and then around reducing the chance that a vehicle will end up on the sidewalk. The barriers created by the large red balls keep cars out without redirecting people in wheelchairs, people pushing carts, or people pushing strollers to secondary access points. While the design was based on the needs of the person in the wheelchair, it benefits everyone and is aesthetically pleasing.
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