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Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy Looks at Design, Social Change

Apr 16, 2012 | Atlanta, GA

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Teri Nagel, Georgia Tech College of Architecture

Architect Jon Sanford's new book, Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy (Springer 2012), argues for the study and application of universal design as a way to positively impact the lives of seniors and people with disabilities.

A unique resource for rehabilitation engineers, design and building professionals, rehabilitation counselors, gerontologists, psychologists and other health and mental health professionals, the book covers the significance and impact of universal design as a change agent for social and health movements. 

Sanford, associate professor of and director of the College of Architecture's Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, is a recognized leader in the universal design movement, an emerging design strategy that tries to create products and environments in which everyone can particpate, regardless of their abilities. View Sanford's full profile.

"Universal design," Sanford says, "has a huge potential to help older adults and people with all types of disabilities participate more fully in society improve the quality of their lives. The book not only makes a case for universal design, it also shows people in the field -- rehabilitation professionals, gerontologists, and designers -- how they can use it in a very practical way to benefit all individuals."

Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy can be purchased at Amazon.com.

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