Designing with universal access in mind from the outset of developing an idea or concept benefits not only the individual with ‘special needs’ but for all persons.
Just think about these questions:
Did you know the ‘Potato Peeler’ was designed for persons with Arthritis?
Did you know that ‘Text Messaging’ was designed for the deaf?
These are just 2 examples of where utilizing Universal Design from idea or concept has had a far wider reach.