For years, I struggled for a way to visually demonstrate wheelchair maneuverability to my clients when we were reviewing plans. After many refinements, I created a device that not only helped clients visualize how spaces are negotiated ... it also became an invaluable design and planning tool. The response from other design professionals was so great that I decided to make the tool available to my colleagues. Hence, the birth of the Visualizer®! We offer the Visualizer® Set as a complete 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2" scale set. Companion design tools to the Visualizer® Set are self-inking Visualizer® Stamps in 1/8" and 1/4" scales, to mark where illustration is desired.
The Visualizer® Set
The Visualizer® Set consists of three interchangeable human icon figures with 2 tapered wands illustrating a wheelchair footprint of 30" x 48" and a 5'-0" turning radius in 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2" scale. Read more about the Visualizer® Set.
The Visualizer® Stamp
These stamps are currently available in scales of 1/8" and 1/4". The Visualizer® Stamp marks the footprint of a 30" x 48" wheelchair and a 5'-0" turning radius where illustration is desired. The stamp comes standard in black ink. Also available are additional interchangeable red and green ink pads. Read more about the Visualizer® Stamp.
Susan M. Duncan
Principal, The ABCs of Accessibility® inc.
Accessible Design Videos
The ABCs of Accessibility® inc. created this video series to provide education and product recommendations in the field of accessible design. The program targets professionals who design and build both residential and commercial living environments. The series consists of five videos (the first two are currently available, the remaining three are in development), each offering a comprehensive look at a key area of accessible design. Each video provides practical, proven, real-life information on the most effective ways to create living environments for people with disabilities and the aging population.
Part 1 • Crossing the Line®: Designing for People with Disabilities
An introduction to people with different kinds of disabilities, and a firsthand look at how their lives are affected. Read more about Crossing the Line®.
Part 2 • Up Close and Personal®: Client Assessment
A step-by-step guide through the process of assessing the needs of clients with disabilities. Read more about Up Close and Personal®.
Universal Design: Classroom Meets Concrete
An educational documentary addresses the meaning of "Universal Design" in single family home construction. Read more about our Universal Design DVD.