Two years ago, changes to the Ontario Building Code upped accessibility requirements for multiunit residential buildings.
When landscape architect Steve Saling was diagnosed with ALS in 2006, he was determined to live as well as he could. “Our society treats prisoners with more dignity and respect than the chronically disabled,” Saling told CNN. “[They’re] kept alive but with no life.”
Home renovations often center on upgrading the kitchen cabinets or selecting a new paint color for the bedroom, but as long as you are at it, a well-thought-out redesign might also include modifications to help you stay in your home as you grow older.
Embracing accessible design is not just for seniors, but it also benefits millennials, Gen-Xers and baby boomers in making their home more efficient, easier to use and safer.
When Judi and David Cornis, who is a wheelchair user, enlisted the Seattle-based prefab company FabCab to build their residence in Port Townsend, Washington, they asked for a space that would permit free movement inside and out, allow them to age in place, and look like a stylish home—not a sterile institution.
UB-Habitat for Humanity pilot project aims to incorporate universal design principles into agency’s home renovation, construction
CHELSEA, Mass. — Steve Saling is sitting in his bedroom at the Leonard Florence Center for Living just north of Boston. He aims his gaze at the tablet mounted to his wheelchair and, with a small movement of his facial muscles, raises the window shade to sunlit afternoon clouds.
I have to say I particularly enjoy the challenge of getting stuck in to an individual home project. It’s extremely rewarding to see how much of a difference a bit of lateral thinking, and sometimes just a few small changes, can make to the way a house works for a family. Perhaps by releasing a bit more breathing space through changes to the layout, adding better storage to make rooms feel less cluttered or maybe extending out or up to add extra rooms.
According to FEMA, each year approximately 17,500 people are injured and 3,400 die because of fire.1 There are dangers associated with fire for everyone, but people with disabilities face unique challenges in these emergencies. As FEMA notes, people with disabilities may have more difficulty escaping during a fire. In addition, some disabilities may prevent them from taking actions ahead of time without the help of a caregiver, friend or relative.2
If you’re looking to renovate your home so as to be more accommodating to a person with a disability, then there are many considerations that you will need to keep in mind. For starters, you will need to think about the limitations that the person’s specific disability has on them; do they have difficulty getting up and down stairs?