Using Universal Design in Disaster Recovery
During recovery from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, many homeowners were faced with the decision to elevate their home to prevent potential damage in future flood events. Living in an elevated home presents challenges for anyone but is especially difficult for people with disabilities. During recovery from a disaster, disability advocates promote the use of "universal design". Universal design is planning space with accomodations such as elevators or lifts, to assist anyone, with or without a disablility.