Curb cut effect

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The curb cut effect is the phenomenon of disability-friendly features being used and appreciated by a larger group than the people they were designed for. For example, many hearing people use closed captioning.[1] With wide use, accessibility is a boon to all people. The phenomenon is named for curb cuts – miniature ramps comprising parts of sidewalk – which were first made for wheelchair access in particular places, but are now universal and no longer widely recognized as a disability-accessibility feature.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ "Fueling the Creation of New Electronic Curbcuts". The Center for an Accessible Society. 1999.
  2. ^ "The Curb Cut Effect: How Making Public Spaces Accessible to People With Disabilities Helps Everyone". Medium. December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Curb-Cut Effect (SSIR)".
  4. ^ Peterson, Julie (2015-06-30). "Smashing barriers to access: Disability activism and curb cuts". National Museum of American History. Retrieved 2022-04-30.