In May 2017, Marsha Rucker of DC Elevator participated in the UD Today Conference at Create West Virginia in Charleston as an exhibitor. DC Elevator showcased accessibility solutions to the international audience, which came to West Virginia to learn more about the theory and application of Universal Design.
Universal Design (UD) was first described by Ronald L. Mace as the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.
As Richard Duncan of the RL Mace Universal Design Institute voiced, “Today, the practice of UD has expanded beyond the built environment. UD is widely acknowledged by top educators, designers, technologists, product developers and business leaders as the best approach to creating a world that is more user-friendly and attractive to everyone.”
There is an overlap between the world of Universal Design and the knowledge of accessibility needs in the 21st Century, and the participation at the conference helped to build bridges. The RL Mace University did reach out to Ms. Rucker after the conference, as her presence added a lot to the event. We are looking stay in touch, and to contribute more to the dialogue started at UD Today 2017.