America Award

Barrier-Free America Award


The Barrier-Free America Award is presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America to recognize exemplary accessible design projects in our built environment and the people responsible for their success.

Equal access-for-all is a civil right and inclusive architecture can help maximize the independence in the lives of people with mobility impairments, from the elderly who may rely on a walker to parents pushing strollers to the paralyzed veteran who uses a wheelchair.

There are an estimated 61 million Americans who report having a disability, and the majority of these are mobility-related. As the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to nearly double in the next 40 years, the need for accessible design solutions in both public and private spaces is expected to continue to grow. By recognizing exceptional accessible design through our annual Barrier-Free America Award, Paralyzed Veterans of America helps spread the word about the importance of creating a more inclusive environment for all people.