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The Resource Accessible America : a history of disability and design, Bess Williamson

Accessible America : a history of disability and design, Bess Williamson

Label
Accessible America : a history of disability and design
Title
Accessible America
Title remainder
a history of disability and design
Statement of responsibility
Bess Williamson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the aftermath of World War II, with injured veterans returning home and the polio epidemic reaching the Oval Office, the needs of people with disabilities came forcibly into the public eye as they never had before. The U.S. became the first country to enact a series of national accessibility laws, beginning with the Architectural Barriers Act in 1968 and continuing through the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, bringing about a wholesale rethinking of our built environment. This progression wasn't straightforward or easy. Early legislation and design efforts were often haphazard or poorly implemented, with decidedly mixed results. Political resistance to accommodating the needs of people with disabilities was strong; so, too, was resistance among architectural and industrial designers, for whom accessible design wasn't 'real' design. Bess Williamson provides and extraordinary look at everyday design--from ergonomic kitchen tools to curb cuts on sidewalks at intersections--to provide an insight into a world in which we are all active participants, but often passive onlookers. Richly detailed, with stories of politics and innovation, [this book] takes us through this important history, showing how American ideas of individualism and rights came to shape the material world, often with unexpected consequences."-- Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williamson, Bess
Dewey number
362.4/047
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV1553
LC item number
.W55 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • People with disabilities
  • Barrier-free design
  • Universal design
  • People with disabilities
  • Barrier-free design
  • Universal design
  • People with disabilities
  • United States
Label
Accessible America : a history of disability and design, Bess Williamson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"History"-- Back cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Progress through prosthetics: limbs, cars, houses, and the American dream -- Disability in the century of the gadget: rehabilitation and access in postwar America -- Electric moms and quad drivers: do-it-yourself access at home in postwar America -- Berkeley, CA: an independent style of access -- Kneeling to the handicapped: access and backlash -- From accessible to universal: design and desire in the late twentieth century -- Beyond ramps: new directions in design
Control code
sky295194319
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 279 pages
Isbn
9781479894093
Lccn
2018012212
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Accessible America : a history of disability and design, Bess Williamson
Publication
Note
"History"-- Back cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Progress through prosthetics: limbs, cars, houses, and the American dream -- Disability in the century of the gadget: rehabilitation and access in postwar America -- Electric moms and quad drivers: do-it-yourself access at home in postwar America -- Berkeley, CA: an independent style of access -- Kneeling to the handicapped: access and backlash -- From accessible to universal: design and desire in the late twentieth century -- Beyond ramps: new directions in design
Control code
sky295194319
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 279 pages
Isbn
9781479894093
Lccn
2018012212
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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