Seated at the bottom of an outdoor stairway, this 1978 image depicting a beagle with a broken right rear leg that had been set in a cast. This illustrated how diverse a user population need be taken into account when designing public walkways. Human beings of all types and in all states of mobility, as well as animals must be considered in order for a functional walkway to be considered "universal" in its usability and functionality. Note the lower steps in PHIL 9059, which the mobility-challenged beagle was able to engage with much less difficulty.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
November 3, 2012
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