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Housing: Universal and Accessible Design

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Universal Design Network develops quarterly newsletters that provide information concerning UD practices and resources available throughout the world. An archive of all past newsletters are available on their website.


Access Board has developed ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG), which outlines specifications for accessible home design.

Alpha One offers much information on low cost and low tech home modifications. Such information includes commonly used definitions, as well as modifications to consider in rentals' and existing homes' entrances, interior rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offers a very comprehensive discussion of Universal Design Home Modification on their website. This web section offers interactive home tours, including modification designs for the kitchen, bathroom, doors and doorways, electrical, as well as for the home exterior. This section also offers a discussion of how one can go about finding solutions to individual needs. They offer a great checklist for use in determining if a home meets individual needs.

Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products. The center completes design usability studies, finds solutions to design issues and accessibility needs, and offers universal design training. For more information, call (800) 647-6777.

Concrete Change is an international effort to make all homes visitable. Their website includes construction guidelines to make your home accessible, myths and facts about accessible housing, constructions costs, products, housing laws, and more.

Design Linc is an online resource offering information on accessible design products and services available to people with physical disabilities and their caregivers. Their website features design tips for the interior and exterior of an accessible home, links to government resources regarding accessible design, including ADA standards and specifications as well as links to other related websites.

IDEA Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access provides a range of information on universal design both inside and outside of the home. They have developed a number of publications including Visitability: An Inclusive Design Approach to Housing.

Iowa State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers information on community housing data and assessment, universal design and home accessibility information and links to other disability and housing information.

National Ag Safety Database (NASD) has developed a guide entitled Simple Home Modifications for the Disabled, which provides information on modifications for wheelchair maneuvering, ramp-building, as well as accessible kitchen and bathroom design considerations. Search for "disabled" when visiting the database to find this guide.

HomeMods.org, an online resource provided by Fall Prevention Center of Excellence offers extensive resources and information regarding home modification. Their website features a list of resources and national programs related to supportive housing and home modification. The site also offers a frequently asked question section, covering such topics as funding, construction, mortgages, etc. In addition to these offerings, there is also an online newsletter, a message board, an event calendar, and a list of helpful publications. For more information, visit their website.

The Right Door For Everyone Universal Design Resources provides the Principles of Universal Design, a comprehensive list of resources for Design Standards and Education. This is a one stop website for resources on Universal Design.

The Right Space is a book offered by Debold-Marquez Books, LLC. It features more than 300 drawings of accessible home design features.

New Sign Universal Access by BuilderOnline See this article about Universal Design for homes, including resources, tips and illustrations. There is plenty of information about how to incorporate universal design into mainstream, market-driven homes. Here's why builders ought to do it, and how to go beyond the basics for an accessible and convenient lifestyle for all buyers.

WheelchairNet offers a number of helpful accessibility tips for wheelchair users. Specifically, they offer a number links to helpful home modification and funding resources and articles.

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New Sign Access Design of Alpha One Independent Living Center provides architectural and consulting services for residential and commercial environments focusing on accessibility. Their consulting includes working with owners, design professionals, civic groups, and the general public who want to improve the use of their communities for everyone. As a non profit and a program of Alpha One, Maine's only Independent Living Center, Access Design has a distinctive integrated design team with the cross disability expertise of Alpha One's Independent Living Specialists and Occupational Therapists. They work collaboratively to create innovative solutions for their clients to evaluate based on their needs and resources and on universal and sustainable design concepts. There are also resources on ADA requirements and Tax Incentives

. For more information, contact them at their South Portland or Bangor locations. Click on Contact Us on the website for their contact information and e-mail form.


Robinhood Corporation seeks to provide state-of-the-art accessibility products and consultation services to residential and commercial/institutional customers. Their goal is to offer products and services that promote healthy, dignified, and independent living for all customers, and to provide access solutions for the home and office. Robinhood Home Access Consultation and Design Services has been providing accessibility consultation to Hennepin County's Long Term Care programs for over three years and has developed a practical, affordable, and innovative approach to accessible housing. They further support the disabled community by giving back a portion of it's profits to research and charitable organizations which also promote dignity, independence, and equality for people with disabilities. For more information, write to Robinhood Corporation, Dan Augustine Accessibility Specialist, 3042 48th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55406. You may also call (612) 724-1911 or e-mail dan@robinhoodcorp.com.


New Sign Home Solutions USA specializes in making accessible home modifications for people with disabilities and those wishing to age at home They work with you, your family and case managers to fit your needs and wants within your budget. They will discuss adaptive aids and equipment options and knowledge of funding resources, they will also do maintenance, needed repairs and more. Whether you need design/build remodeling, or just a simple grab bar installation, you can be certain that Home Solutions USA will help you live at home safely and independently through complete house care solutions. For more information, contact Home Solutions USA team at 6502 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, (414) 963-4663, or send e-mail to: info@homesolutionsusa.net

Welcome, H.O.M.E. (House Of Modification Examples) is an accessible demonstration home located in Newburg, Wisconsin, just 30 minutes north of Milwaukee. Welcome, H.O.M.E. is a bed and breakfast where guests are encouraged to explore numerous and varied accessible home design ideas and adaptive equipment in a leisurely setting for only $50.00 per night. Welcome, H.O.M.E. provides two guest rooms and baths as well as a kitchenette, all fully wheelchair-accessible and featuring numerous accessible design ideas. Welcome, H.O.M.E. offers free tours to day visitors. If you intend to visit the Milwaukee area, we encourage you to stay at Welcome, H.O.M.E. To visit this unique wheelchair accessible country home, contact Welcome, H.O.M.E. at P.O. Box 333, 4260 West Hawthorne Drive (Hwy. Y), Newburg, Wisconsin 53060, call (262)675-2525, fax (262)675-0817, or visit their website.

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New Sign Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods: Universal Access and Design states the 7 principles of Universal Design and gives inaccessible and accessible examples. Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods (CAN) is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia. CAN works to support full inclusion within communities through education, promotion, and advocacy. Through our website CAN strives to improve access to information for people with disabilities and those within their support systems. To contact CAN email us at info@canbc.org or phone us at 604.437.7331.

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