The Cerebral Palsy Foundation launches “Accessibility is Beautiful,” an initiative that aims to highlight how Universal Design can be both functional and beautiful.

The initiative, launched as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019, includes a YouTube video miniseries and a Universal Design “Look Book” featuring the homes of disability advocates Pat Wright and Deb Zeyen, Karen Braitmayer, Leslie Haynes and Randy Earle, designed by architects Carol Sundstrom of Rom Architecture Studio, and Cathi House of House + House Architects.

A media release from Cerebral Palsy Foundation explains that the YouTube miniseries, developed by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, follows designer and HGTV host, John Gidding, as he explores a range of architect-designed homes that follow the principles of Universal Design. The videos showcase how these residences are both beautiful works of architecture, as well as well-functioning homes.

“Working on this project with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation has been an amazing experience, exposing me to architects leading the way in crafting spaces that welcome everyone. It has been eye-opening to visit these stunning homes and see firsthand the beauty of accessibility, the actual lifestyle upgrades provided by the principles of Universal Design, and how easy they are to implement,” shares John Gidding, Designer and HGTV host, in the release.

The 40+ page “Look Book” accompanying the YouTube video miniseries was developed by experts in Universal Design.

“The CPF Accessibility is Beautiful Look Book provides inspiration and a Universal Design Checklist on making homes and living spaces more accessible for everyone,” says Rachel Byrne, vice president of programs for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the release continues.

“Our Look Book provides a detailed view of all the features in each of the homes in the YouTube miniseries and gives ideas that can be shared with architects and home designers alike,” she adds.

Leslie Haynes, one of the homeowners featured explains, “We found a team of experts who crafted a space that gave me back peace of mind and allows my family to relax and flourish through smart, compassionate, universal design.”

[Source(s): Cerebral Palsy Foundation, PR Newswire]