web sites provide basic information about building and adapting home, work
and community environments for people with disabilities. Lots of additional
information about these subjects can be found under universal
design. For information about finding accessible housing and fair housing
laws, check the housing section.
- Center for Universal
Design - Housing
- This section of the Center's
website includes information about home modifications and accessible and universal
design features in homes and examples of universal homes in new construction.
- Checklist for
- An American Foundation
for the Blind fact sheet on creating safe environments for older people with
- Concrete Change
- In addition to the first
accessible gingerbread house (!), this site focuses on the basics of "working
together for basic access in ALL homes" (or, as the authors put it, how
to "get in and pee"). Included are basic "how tos" for
creating "visitable homes," six ways to accomplish a zero-step entrance,
cost estimates for incorporating a variety of features into new homes, a summary
of laws that impact home construction around the world, and more.
- Creating Accessible
- A handy checklist from
Kansas State University's extension program, in PDF format only.
- The Do-Able Renewable Home
- Produced by the American
Association of Retired Persons, this practical booklet provides information
you'll need to make your home more livable if you or others who live with
you develop limitations in movement, strength, dexterity, eyesight, or hearing.
- Design Linc - Accessibility Design & Resources
- An interior design firm
offers tips for designing accessible homes, product listings, organizations
and related links.
- Easy Access Housing
- An overview of accessible
housing, a checklist, and design awards from the Easter Seals Society.
- Guide to Accessible
- This ABLEDATA Consumer
Guide examines what accessible housing is, discusses the
types of products available to achieve accessibility, and offers resources
to assist in this endeavor.
Modification and Repair
- This short fact sheet from
the Administration on Aging provides lists typical problems and solutions,
sources of financial assistance, information for renters, etc.
- IDEA Center for Inclusive
Design and Environmental Access
- IDEA is a university-based
program "dedicated to improving the design of environments and products
by making them more usable, safer and appealing to people with a wide range
of abilities, throughout their life spans." Most of this academically
oriented site provides information about the Center's programs and resources,
but the nifty "bright ideas" section offers links to companies that
make special products for kitchens, bathrooms, ramps and lifts, grab bars,
and other home products.
- Making Homes
Accessible: Assistive Technology and Home Modifications
- This concise guide from
the RESNA Technical Assistance Project is packed with valuable information
and links to resources about assistive technology and home modifications.
Topics covered include definitions; laws and guidelines; initiatives from
the Assistive Technology Act grantees; advocacy, financing, modification,
and research resources; accreditations; online courses; and a bibliography.
- National Resource Center on Supportive Housing
and Home Modification
- Focusing on "service
programs and housing settings that target semi-independent elderly who need
assistance with daily activities" and "converting or adapting the
environment to make tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent
living," this Center's website is packed with resources on home adaptations
and design. Despite the oddly-named and sometimes duplicative sections (the
"Toolbox" turns out to be articles and advice for builders and remodelers,
and the "Gateway" features "resources for gatekeepers and remodelers"),
this site offers dozens of useful materials. Some are linked to articles in
the Center's online library (unfortunately, many of these are excerpts from
materials which must be purchased), while others link to external websites.
The "National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Programs"
appears to be a work-in-progress that is worth checking for local resources.
- Universal Design: Home Modification
- This room-by-room AARP
guide provides ideas for increasing "the usability of the home by people
of all ages, sizes, and abilities and enhance the ability of all residents
to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible."
- Assistive Technology
- Low Tech Devices
- Universal Design
- Resources in your state
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