The entire campus is being designed using the principles of universal design, which has a center at North Carolina State University. The design is intended to allow those with temporary and permanent disabilities to remain independent and functional. This includes features such as wheelchair-comfortable turf for the softball field.
“Universal design evolved from accessible design, a design process that addresses the needs of people with disabilities. Universal design extends this concept further, recognizing the presence of a wide spectrum of human abilities and needs,” according to the Mary Free Bed YMCA website, grymca.org/mary-free-bed/overview.
“Architects and planners are designing for an aging population, special needs children, those with temporary sports injuries, those recovering from medical procedures, those with muscular skeletal diseases, and those with hearing and sight challenges,” the website says.
The Mary Free Bed Guild has worked closely with the YMCA for many years to develop a partnership that will greatly benefit both the guild’s patients and the entire community, said Kim Ridings, president of the guild.