UniversALL Design 2020: Promoting Universal Accessibility
In an effort to raise awareness about universal accessibility, Archer’s Challenge provides the opportunity to experience everyday activities in a wheelchair. Founded by Archer Hadley, the immersive experience aims to celebrate and promote accessibility in public spaces.
Archer created the program in Austin, TX, while he was a student in high school as part of an effort to raise money to install power doors, ramps and protective overhangs at entries throughout the campus. Students, teachers and administrators paid $20 to challenge friends, family and colleagues to navigate school grounds in a wheelchair. It was so successful, five additional Austin Independent School District campuses also joined Archer's Challenge and were renovated to become more ADA compliant with the use of automated doors.
Archer's Challenge is unique in its ability to foster empathy and create broader understanding about the obstacles many individuals face daily navigating our environments. Now a student at The University of Texas at Austin, Archer continues to promote universal accessibility organizing challenges across Austin.