The answer to this weeks poll question is Ron Mace. Mr. Mace, a North Carolinian, was a national and internationally recognized architect, designer and educator. He was also a personal friend of mine and my mentor. I am a disability rights advocate because Ron Mace mentored me and supported my work. Mr. Mace coined the term “universal design”. An environment designed to be “universal” means that space is useable and accessible to everyone regardless of their age or ability. Ron Mace graduated from the School of Design at North Carolina State University. Ron worked to produce the first building code for accessibility in the nation. Ron Mace’s work in accessible design was integral to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Mace is the founder of The Center for Universal Design.
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