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Design for Everyone

In 1988 Betsey and Sam Farber had a lightbulb moment as Betsey struggled to peel apples with a metal vegetable peeler. Two years later, Sam helped launch the OXO line of Good Grips kitchen tools. The goal might have been to make day-today tasks easier for those with arthritis, but the utensils, with their soft, nonslip handles, benefited everyone.

The recognition that products, environments, and technologies can enable as well as disable users is at the heart of universal design, an approach that moves beyond “accessibility,” which tends to narrowly focus on accommodating specific

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