Scott over at Rolling Rains posts about an article stating that low vision users do not receive the consideration they need when universal design planning is done. (Click above to read his post).
One of my blind friends Sue was telling me that the curbcuts wheelchair users need are a huge problem for her mobility. She provided input on a local level to the design plans for curbcuts so they would take into consideration the needs of blind and low vision people. This may seem obvious to say but it's important to design accommodations in a way that does not present further barriers for folks with other disabilities.
It is also important, as the article Scott cites points out, to consider lighting conditions when planning for low vision users. The article describes the difficulties a woman with low vision encounters in her own home due to the lighting conditions- a situation that will become more common in the baby boomer generation.
As we see more input from people with disabilities, hopefully architects and others will learn what constitutes true "universal design". To achieve that goal, I encourage readers to speak up if they encounter accommodations that present additional barriers or have ideas to improve future designs. Your experiences and input are valuable.