Every one of us is only one illness or injury away from joining the disability community. According to the US Census Bureau, one in every eight Americans has some type of disability, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts that number at one in four U.S. adults. In this podcast series, host Andrea Pasquale and producer Jaye McAuliffe highlight the stories of people with disabilities living in Arizona and the organizations dedicated to making the state more accessible.

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Episode 2: Universal Design

Darrel Christenson
Darrel Christenson coordinates efforts at Ability360 to help find accessible housing for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities can face a double-edged sword when it comes to finding housing. Not only is housing in Phoenix becoming increasingly expensive, but it can also be hard to find a home that’s accessible. In this episode, Host Andrea Pasquale explores the concept of Universal Design, the idea that buildings should be built with accessibility features up front instead of as an afterthought. And John Beaubien describes the modifications he needed to make to his home in order to make it livable.


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Jaye McAuliffe
Jaye McAuliffe