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Collection Close-up: Accessible America : A History of Disability and Design

Summary:Cover of "Accesible 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 wasn'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

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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.

New ebooks in the cloudLibrary platform

The Library's ebook collection requires a MnDOT Library ID to checkout and read books. Contact the library using the Ask a Librarian form to request a MnDOT Library ID or if you have forgotten yours. (MnDOT employees and city/county employees.)

Cover of "Bike Lanes are White Lanes"Bike Lanes Are White Lanes : Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning


Cover of '"Born to Walk"Born to Walk : The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act


Cover of Bicycling for Transportation: An Evidence Base for CommunitiesBicycling for Transportation : An Evidence-Base for Communities


Cover of "Transportation in a Climate Constrained World"Transportation in a Climate-Constrained World


Cover of "Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs"Measure What Matters How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs


Cover of "PropellerL Accelerating Change by Getting Accountability Right"Propeller : Accelerating Change by Getting Accountability Right


Cover of "Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit DisorderDriven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder


The Visual Dictionary of Transportation


Cover of "Pedestrian and Transit-oriented Design"Pedestrian- and Transit-Oriented Design


Cover of "Transportation and the American People."Transportation and the American People


Cover of "ReCulturing Design Your Company Culture to Connect with Strategy and Purpose for Lasting Success"ReCulturing : Design Your Company Culture to Connect with Strategy and Purpose for Lasting Success


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Toward a touchless airport journey

Considerations for establishing and maintaining successful pollinator programs on airports


Major Highway Projects, Trunk Highway Fund Expenditures and Efficiencies Report
HE356.M6 A56x


Leadership and self-deception:  getting out of the box
HD57.7 .L4315 2018


Cover of the Highway Capacity Manual, 7th editionHighway capacity manual: a guide for multimodal mobility analysis. 7th edition.
HE336.H48 H54 2022


Selection and placement guidelines for test level 2 through test level 5 median barriers

Use of safety management systems in managing highway maintenance worker safety

3D digital models as highway construction contract documents


Guidelines for the development and application of crash modification factors

Contributing factors for focus crash and facility types
HE5614 .S327 2020


Promoting the adoption of snow fences through landowner engagement
TE220.5 .C87 2022


Cover of "Surveying and geomatic engineering: principles, technologies, and applications."Surveying and geomatic engineering:  principles, technologies, and applications
TA545 .S85 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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