Social Ramps: The Principles of Universal Design Applied to the Social Environment

  • Jeff McNair Joni and Friends
  • Bryan McKinney
Keywords: universal social design, social ramps, inclusion, universal design, fellowship

Abstract

This article considers a next step in the application of universal design principles, that being universal social design. Using the idea of “social ramps,” we consider seven principles of universal design from a social perspective. Social skill deficits in persons with disabilities has arguably been the reason for exclusion of persons with disabilities. But if the traditions of those without disabilities leads to the exclusion of those with disabilities, then one must wonder who has the social skill deficits? This is particularly the case from a Christian perspective. This article challenges the reader on a variety of levels to reflect on social practices with an eye toward changes leading to inclusion.

Published
2020-03-26
How to Cite
McNair, J., & McKinney, B. (2020). Social Ramps: The Principles of Universal Design Applied to the Social Environment. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, 9(1), 76-102. Retrieved from https://journal.joniandfriends.org/index.php/jcid/article/view/223