Social Ramps: The principles of universal design applied to the social environment

Social Ramps. McNair & McKinney(2015)

McNair and McKinney flesh out principles of universal design as it applies to the social enviornment. They provide a variety of foundational ideas which might led to further research in the area. They then use the example of the local Christian church as a way in which the principles might be facilitated in actual social settings. This example is helpful in thinking how these principles might be applied in a practical way to a social environment. The abstract of the article states,

This article considers a next step in the application of universal design principles, that being universal social design. Using the idea of “social ramps,” we consider seven principles of universal design from a social perspective. Social skill deficits in persons with disabilities has arguably been the reason for exclusion of persons with disabilities. But if the traditions of those without disabilities leads to the exclusion of those with disabilities, then one must wonder who has the social skill deficits? This is particularly the case from a Christian perspective. This article challenges the reader on a variety of levels to reflect on social practices with an eye toward changes leading to inclusion.

Much more will be added here relative to this topic, however, this might be the first article to address these issues in this manner.


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