This site is meant to serve as a resource for urban planners and others that want to better serve people with disabilities by offering accessible and inclusive experiences.. It is under major reconstruction for now.
The network of linked opportunities embedded into the physical and socio-economic fabric of the community. Using this model for visualizing the community, planners can maximize return on investment for everyone in the community.
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Physical access to buildings, paths, and transportation are key to unlocking the potential of a community. However, building codes and urban design standards are not enough. Accessibility must be thought of as both barriers and burdens.
- Barriers are the obstacles that block a person's path based on their personal physical requirements
- Burdens are the cumulative effects of conditions that limit the distance is able or willing to travel
Accessibility is important but if there aren't programs and services that meet the needs and preferences of all citizens - all you're left with is unmet expectations.