With broom in hand, this 2000 photograph showed a wheelchair-seated woman as she was sweeping some debris towards a floor level intake vent for a whole-house vacuum, otherwise known as an "automatic dustpan", which facilitated the act of house-cleaning for this mobility impaired individual. Such systems eliminated the need to pull a mobile unit which could be difficult and cumbersome for many, even for those who have no mobility impairments. See PHIL 9287 for a close-up view of the intake vent.The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, buildings, outdoor and urban environments and related products. The Center's work manifests the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should be usable by everyone regardless of their age, ability, or circumstance.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
December 3, 2012