Design that can be considered universal is the result of making sure something is accessible and user-friendly for the greatest amount of people possible. We believe that universal design should be the benchmark for planning and creating functional things.
To determine how functional something is, we look at how these elements fit together:
1 The design of something.
2 The person(s) using it.
3 How it’s used.
The tricky part of the universal design equation is #2. If something is to be designed for the greatest amount of people, that includes a myriad of folks who deal with some sort of health condition. Our specialty is knowing what is needed to accommodate them, and why.
Sarah Pruett, MOT, OTR/L, CAPS
Sarah is our environmental design specialist. She’s got an eye for detail, and her experience as an occupational therapist provides perspective about what’s functional for all sorts of situations. Sarah has a Masters of Occupational Therapy from James Madison University, is board certified and registered as an occupational therapist, plus licensed in the state of Virginia. She is also certified as an Aging in Place Specialist by the National Association of Home Builders.
Scott Pruett, MS, CTRS
Scott is our adaptive recreation specialist. He’s a big-picture thinker and is experienced in environmental design, program design, training, and adaptive equipment. Scott has a Masters in Parks and Recreation Management from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is board certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. He’s also a technical writer, and has used a wheelchair since 1999 due to a spinal cord injury.
We’re in Harrisonburg, Virginia, located in the Shenandoah Valley, minutes off Interstate 81. We’re 2.5 hours from Washington DC, 2 hours from Richmond, and 2 hours from Roanoke.
Our mission is to promote increased independence and quality of life for people of all abilities – at home and in the community – by helping implement universal design as optimally as possible into places, products, and programs.