Accessible housing doesn't simply mean a house with a ramp or lift. In fact, the concept of universal design extends to all—old, young, tall, short, blind, deaf, physically disabled, and non-disabled. Even features for persons with mental disabilities can keep people safe and comfortable at home.
We have always had the technology to accommodate, but attitudes have shifted. People expect to be able to tailor their properties and just about anything else. We’re not stuck with standard heights and widths any more, so terms such as barrier-free and ergonomic are common to the average vocabulary.
We can choose to have 80-inch doorways for a nice flow of space. We can install easy grasping door levers, instead of door knobs. If we choose a 60-inch front, back, and bathroom doors, our homes are visitable by most. If we choose to have a ramp or lift, as well as stairs, we have universal design.
An advocacy organization to keep people with disabilities living in their own homes and communities, rather than nursing homes. Organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
of Retired Persons (AARP)
National organization for people aged 50 or over offering
diverse resources and benefits; the substantial Web site has
a search option to locate articles on numerous topics, including
those about home modification. Order a free copy of "The
Do Able Renewable Home," from a vast collection of publications;
AARP also maintains a library.
for the Blind (AFB)
The AFB offers resources and information pertaining to all
aspects of life for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
AFB Information Center: 1-800-AFB-LINE (232-5463), or e-mail:
Center for Universal
Safety standards, accessibility guidelines. products and services,
technical assistance, a database of public transportation
systems throughout the U.S., and many ore resources relating
to universal design
Directory of Centers for Independent
Look up the Center for Independence near you on The ILRU Web
site (Independent Living Research Utilization). ILRU is a
national center for information, training, research, and technical
assistance in independent living.
This organization has launched an international campaign to
make virtually all homes visitable (accessible to all) by
providing the most essential features; such as accessible
entrances, exits, and interior doors. The organization advocates
quick, widespread construction around the world.
Directory of Centers
for Independent Living
Click on your state for the CILs nearest you.
Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities:
resources, services, and information available throughout
the federal government, including information on the fair
housing laws and housing resources.
Thousands of the best disability-related resources on the
Internet personally selected by the staff of Disability Resources
Monthly and alphabetically arranged by subject.
Service Info page-Publication 502
Complete list of items you can and cannot deduct as medical
expenses. For Instance, you CAN deduct porch lifts, ramps,
and construction costs to modify a house for accessibility,
as well as expenses incurred for same in rented dwellings,
guide dogs, etc.
National Center on Accessibility
NCA is an organization committed to the full participation
in parks, recreation and tourism by people with disabilities,
technical assistance, courses, information, resources, and
maps of accessible trails.
This organization is a clearinghouse of information to help
elderly or frail individuals remain living in their own homes
as comfortably and as successfully as possible. Among other
things, NRCSH equips families and individuals with the knowledge
to plan for their housing, health and supportive service needs.
A concise guide covering definitions; fair housing laws and
guidelines; initiatives from the Assistive Technology Act
grantees; advocacy, financing, modification, and research
resources; accreditations; online courses; and a bibliography.
(Probably the most complete list of resources available regarding
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.