Local grant brings Universal Design closer to the Valley

Published: Dec. 26, 2017 at 4:47 PM EST
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A local Harrisonburg couple is working toward bringing

to the Valley.

Universal Design makes plans for homes, communities, and activities inclusive for everyone. It focuses on people with physical disabilities, mental disorders, and aging in general. Universal Design also sets the stage for homes and buildings if someone were to have an accident, so modifications would not have to be made specifically for them.

Scott and Sarah Pruett just received a grant from Share the Cheer Foundation, which is matching every dollar up to $2,000 donated to the non-profit until December 31, 2017.

"It feels great to have the local support to say, 'Hey, we see there's potential in what you're doing and we want to contribute to it, so it's exciting, it's encouraging, and it's giving us a little bit more motivation to keep moving," said Scott.

They are using the money from the grant as part of an awareness campaign. They are interviewing people who are impacted by disabilities, to hear their stories and find out what their biggest needs are, so they can implement those needs into the Universal Design plans.

So far, they have done eight interviews, and plan to do 25 by June 2018.

Donations can be made to the Universal Design Project at any time, and