It's no secret that the world we live in is predominantly built for able-bodied people, even though up to a quarter of the population has. a disability. However, there are some occasions where some of the things we encounter every single day were actually originally designed for those with disabilities.

Some of these include

  • Typewriters/Keyboards were originally invented by Italian inventor Pellegrino Turri for his friend who was unable to write letters by hand due to her blindness. This was the first incarnation of the typewriter and the keys had raised characters.
  • Bendy Straws were not exactly invented specifically for disabled people. Originally Joseph Friedman tweaked the existing straight straw design to create a bend so his small daughter could enjoy her milkshake easily. However, the design was immediately embraced in hospitals for bedridden patients.
  • Curb cuts are now an ADA requirement, but they first appeared in 1945 long before the law was signed into action. They were not only useful for wheelchair users, but also pushchair users, commuters with wheeled suitcases, and delivery drivers hauling heavy loads over the curb.


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