This 1990 image depicted a man using a wheelchair in order to traveling up a ramp to a stage area of a performance setting. Nearby stairs were also available to use. Providing ramped and stair access (or even level access) allowed a wide range of people to choose the manner of ascent that worked best. This allowed everyone to participate as they wished. Designing publicly-accessible sites with the mobility-challenged in mind, makes for an overall more user-friendly environment for all, and is quite often, made even more efficient from a utilitarian standpoint.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
November 3, 2012
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