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Collection Close-up: Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design
A history of design that is often overlooked—until we need it
Have you ever hit the big blue button to activate automatic doors? Have you ever used an ergonomic kitchen tool? Have you ever used curb cuts to roll a stroller across an intersection? If you have, then you've benefited from accessible design—design for people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. These ubiquitous touchstones of modern life were once anything but. Disability advocates fought tirelessly to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities became a standard part of public design thinking. That fight took many forms worldwide, but in the United States it became a civil rights issue; activists used design to make an argument about the place of people with disabilities in public life.
In the aftermath of World War II, with injured veterans returning home and the polio epidemic reaching the Oval Office, the needs of people with disabilities came forcibly into the public eye as they never had before. The US became the first country to enact federal accessibility laws, beginning with the Architectural Barriers Act in 1968 and continuing through the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, bringing about a wholesale rethinking of our built environment. This progression wasn't straightforward or easy. Early legislation and design efforts were often haphazard or poorly implemented, with decidedly mixed results. Political resistance to accommodating the needs of people with disabilities was strong; so, too, was resistance among architectural and industrial designers, for whom accessible design wasnn't real design.
Bess Williamson provides an extraordinary look at everyday design, marrying accessibility with aesthetic, to provide an insight into a world in which we are all active participants, but often passive onlookers. Richly detailed, with stories of politics and innovation, Williamson's Accessible America takes us through this important history, showing how American ideas of individualism and rights came to shape the material world, often with unexpected consequences.
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Transportation Research Record
TRB’s journal Transportation Research Record is now published in digital-only format. Full text is available to MnDOT employees. Check out new articles or sign up for an alert at Transportation Research Record.
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Toward a touchless airport journey
TRB ACRP 241
Leadership and self-deception: getting out of the box
HD57.7 .L4315 2018
3D digital models as highway construction contract documents
TRB NCHRP SYN 593
Contributing factors for focus crash and facility types
HE5614 .S327 2020
SNOW AND ICE CONTROL
Promoting the adoption of snow fences through landowner engagement
TE220.5 .C87 2022
2022 Interim Revisions to the LRFD Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires and Traffic Signals (2015, 1st Edition, 2022 Interim Revisions)
TK4198.A47 S72 2015, Interim 2022
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