"The special value of these biographical sketches lies in the descriptions of their personal lives. Each is the tale of a young person with creative talent and a disability who acquired the education, skills, and employment that would enable him or her to express this creative gift in a socially meaningful way."
Raymond Lifchez, Professor
Department of Architecture
College of Environmental Design
University of California, Berkeley
Distinguished Professor, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2002
"There is clearly an advantage to understanding and designing the environment from the lens and sensitivity of being different, being with a 'disability'."
Brad Grant, Chairperson and
Endowed University Professor of Architecture
President, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
"Just as some of the first African American architects were ironically denied access into the buildings they had designed, so too are many designers with disabilities still denied full participation in their professions."
Kathryn H. Anthony, Professor
School of Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Author, Designing for Diversity
"Historically, designers have excluded people with disabilities from the community by design. Today, we witness how designers with disabilities transform their professions from within. The book portrays pioneering individuals and their experiences as people with disabilities, visions, and commitment that make them leaders in the universal design movement."
Adolf Ratzka, Director
Institute on Independent Living
"Building a World Fit for People should be read by all professionals in the various fields of design education and training as well as by those in disability service positions which have influence on consumer career choice and preparation."
Director of Disability Services
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
President Elect, Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
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