The disability civil rights movement had to not only overcome prejudice, but also physical barriers that limit access to
employment and inclusion in other aspects of daily life.
Activists successfully lobbied for laws that required curb-cuts, ramps, and buses with wheelchair lifts. This in turn increased
the possibility of economic and social mobility. In the 1970s and 1980s, a growing population of consumers with mobility
impairments fueled demand for wheelchairs and scooters to match their active lives. At the same time, barrier-free designs
have brought a new aesthetic to public spaces.