Activist and educator who advocated for improved access for the disabled in public places, and who taught universal design in several institutions. Ostroff founded Adaptive Environments in 1978, it is now called the Institute for Human Centered Design. In 1989 she developed the Universal Design Education Project (UDEP) at Adaptive Environments, a national project with design educators that has become an international model for educating about universal design. In 1998, she convened the Global Universal Design Education Network and its Online Newsletter. She edited the book Universal Design Handbook, and authored other books.
The papers include archival materials such as letters, reports, photographs and slides, curricular materials, Ostroff's books, lectures and presentations, grant applications, conference materials, audio and video cassettes, and articles and clippings.
Elaine Ostroff Universal Design Papers, 1965-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
People with disabilities
2015.3104 (NMAH Acc.)
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