Beyond Accessibility, the Benefits of Universal Design

Universal Design is a design approach aimed at creating products, environments, and buildings that are usable by all people, regardless of age, size, ability, disability, or any other factor.

Universal design is beneficial to all of society, not just those with disabilities. A building that is accessible to people with disabilities is also more convenient for parents with strollers, people with suitcases, and people who may have temporary mobility issues. A curb cut on the sidewalk was made for wheelchair use, but it is also more convenient for individuals with grocery carts, people on bikes, and individuals with leg injuries.

Today, most products and solutions are only designed to suit the “average” person. This presents a significant challenge, especially in Canada, where 24.9% of the population is made up of the aging baby boomer generation. As our society explores solutions to these challenges, we should be working towards applying the principles of Universal Design.

Universal Motion is a leading provider of accessible transportation solutions for people with mobility challenges. We offer a wide range of products and services including custom van conversions, used wheelchair vans, rental options, and more. Whether you are a driver or a passenger, we are committed to finding a solution that meets your individual needs and fits your lifestyle.

Universal Motion’s custom van conversions embody the principles of Universal Design. The process involves modifying a standard van to make it more accessible and usable for individuals with disabilities. This typically involves installing features such as ramps, lift systems, hand controls, securement systems, and other modifications. As a result, the vehicle becomes accessible to those with disabilities, and also extends to anyone who may face mobility challenges, such as the elderly or those with temporary injuries.

Universal Motion is leading the charge in producing accessibility vehicles that embody the principles of Universal Design. In doing so, they are helping to promote independence, inclusiveness, and accessibility for all individuals. By designing vehicles, environments, and products with Universal Design principles in mind, we can create a world that is more accessible and usable for everyone.

Contact the mobility experts at Universal Motion to learn more about our accessibility solutions.