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Description:This visually-impaired woman was using a walking stick in order to “extend her reach” in order to detect obstacles in her path. Using a “sweeping” motion was able to forewarn her of objects, as well as changes in terrain, which in this case was the sidewalk surface transitioning into the adjacent grassy surface. You can see how taking into account impairments such as this makes the process of designing such publicly-accessible environmental surroundings challenging, but necessary. See PHIL# 9063 and 9064 for additional pictures of this person interacting with other environments while using her walking stick.
“The Center for Universal Design, CUD, is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products.” “The Center conducts original research to learn what design solutions are appropriate for the widest diversity of users, and what tools are most useful to practitioners wishing to successfully practice universal design. The Center collaborates with builders and manufacturers on the development of new design solutions. It also develops publications and instructional materials, and provides information, referrals and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals nationwide and internationally.”
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
Creation Date:1995
Photo Credit:Center for Universal Design
Links:North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
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