Ramp Movement Highlights Universal Design

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“When a physically challenged person is lifted from a wheelchair because there is no other way to facilitate his mobility in the absence of a ramp, I can’t help but think, ‘What a beautiful way to hurt an individual’s self esteem’,” says Tanzeela Khan, 21, a wheelchair user herself.

This is an excerpt from an article on the Ramp Movement, a movement in India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan to bring greater awareness to the rights of persons with disabilities, and the fact that the design of our buildings can either disable their participation or enable it.  As always, a ramp should be integrated with the design of the building and landscape.  It should not appear institutional, it should communicate “Here is a way to enter this building without requiring a step.  All who appreciate this are welcome to use it.”