29 Nov

A History of the Disability Rights Movement


Since the 1800s, people with disabilities pushed for recognizing disability as an aspect of identity that influences experiences and is not the sole-defining feature of a person. Unfortunately, harmful biases, assumptions, stereotypes, and irrational fears created a stigma around disabilities that followed a lack of advancements in access to public transportation, telephones, bathrooms, stores, office buildings, and other work sites. This stagnation left disabled individuals unable to find employment and kept them from opportunities for meaningful work.

11 Nov

Campus Accommodations for Blind or Low-Vision College Students


Preparing for college can be daunting for high school students, and when you are disabled, there are many things to prepare for after graduation. Even during the first year of high school, it’s helpful for students who are blind or have low vision to start exploring their options through the Individual Education Program (IEP). Depending on the student's interests, the IEP team might suggest attending a two-year college, vocational school, or four-year college.

01 Nov

5 Most Accessible Cities for Wheelchair Users in The United States


When going on a vacation, wheelchair users may want to consider the accessibility of the city they are planning to visit. Wheelchairs can go to more places in the United States than ever, and these are the five most accessible cities for wheelchair users to adventure:

14 Oct

4 Tips to Make Traveling By Plane With a Wheelchair Easier


Traveling by plane as a wheelchair user can be tricky when navigating security, boarding your flight, layovers, and everything else that comes with getting on an airplane. And, not many resources exist to guide wheelchair users on ways to plan for the experience and avoid any challenges. Here are four tips to make traveling by plane with a wheelchair easier!

16 Sep

The Top 4 Benefits of Universal Design


Universal Design proposes an evolving and progressive approach to developing inclusive built environments, whether an office or public space, which are highly usable and accessible to all individuals. Accessibility is essential when it comes to developing an inclusive environment. Creating accessibility in learning environments and physical spaces requires extra planning and thought at the initial stages. Universal Design, when implemented, could standardize built spaces for all abilities.

15 Aug

Accessible Design Terms to Know for Individuals with Low Vision or No Vision


Why do sidewalks have raised, colorful domes on sidewalk ramps? Why do airports have raised strips on walkways? Most people move throughout public spaces without understanding the purpose of these tactile surfaces underneath their feet. Yet, for specific people in our society, these tactile surfaces are the difference between independence and dependence.

10 Jun

Common Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities in Public


Discrimination, stigma, and stereotyping are just some of the challenges that disabled people face every single day. Beyond this viewpoint problem that society has, individuals with disabilities often struggle with a built environment that excludes them from everyday activities. So, don't you think it's high time that we change our lens on disability?

To transform into an all-inclusive society, we need to address the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities. The change will come only when we work hand in hand with the disabled community to break down these hurdles.

24 May

Where Are Detectable Warnings Required by US Law?


The purpose of detectable warning tile systems is to protect pedestrians of all abilities from hazards such as vehicular traffic and mass transit. According to the standards released by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), most public spaces are expected and required to equip detectable warning dome tiles.