chapter  8
Accessible Environments: Toward Universal Design
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Facedwithagrowingpopulationofpeoplewithdisabilitiesandadvancingyears, designersarefindingagrowingmarketaswellasincreasedlegalpressuretoproduce products,buildings,andexteriorspacesthatareaccessibletoeveryone.The disabilityrightsmovementhasachievedconsiderablesuccessinitsefforttolobbyfor equalcivilandenvironmentalrightsforAmericanswho,untilrecently,havebeen excludedfrombuildingsonthebasisofphysicaldisabilityorextremesofsize.The pendingAmericanswithDisabilitiesAct,whenpromulgated,willrequirethat-in additiontoeducation,governmentprograms,andhousing-publicaccommodations,publictransportationandtelecommunicationsbedesignedandoperatedin suchawaythatpeoplewithdisabilitieshavethesameopportunitiesasothers.